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Doors are, without a doubt, critical components of a home. Not only is it the route from the interior to the exterior of a property, but it is also essential for presentation and curb appeal. However, the bad news is that doors withstand more damage than we realise. 

Being exposed to snow, rain, and wind can result in rot, decay, and warping of the material. In the long run, it will cause security hazards, draughts, and improperly fitted glazing, among other issues. If your door shows symptoms of any damage, it must be replaced. This article will be going over the top 5 signs you need to replace your front door!

#1 Your door becomes a chore to open and close.

A difficult-to-open door or one that drags against the floor is never a good sign. Unfortunately, daily use of your front door can affect its longevity and impede movement over time. The door may become stuck, the hinges may become loose, and the glass panes may also become loose. If you do not replace your door that is difficult to open and close, this struggle will cause additional harm. It would help if you had the door replaced by licenced and insured workers you trust to complete the job correctly. 

This ensures that your new door is always an upgrade. However, there are numerous instances where the issue is far more severe than simple maintenance, such as adjusting the doorstop or replacing a lock. Even if you can perform quick fixes, the amount of upkeep required to address the issue will become exhausting over time. Furthermore, exterior doors may only last 30 years before needing replacement in hostile regions.

#2 Your door looks like it's seen better days.

Damage, decay, or warping to your front door are common indicators that it is time to replace it. Any damage to your front door could constitute a security issue, jeopardising the protection of your home, belongings, and family. 

If you can see visible rust on the surface of your door, you can bet that moisture is entering from the exterior and the internal wood frame. While wooden doors can endure decades with proper maintenance, they are highly susceptible to environmental influences and may rot or decay. If you're looking for a better alternative, new steel and fibreglass doors add additional security by being more difficult to kick in and tamper-proof.

#3 Your door looks out of place in this day and age.

Remember that the term "vintage" or "retro" does not refer to an out-of-date door. On the standard of current modern homes, outdated doors no longer serve a role since a different type and style have become more efficient at the same job. If your door appears to be old and out of date, you'll want to replace it to maximise its style. This will add significant value to your home and enable you to enjoy the view as you pull up to your house after a long day of work.

Furthermore, a new door is an affordable option to update the look of your home without undertaking a significant overhaul. It could be as simple as replacing an old door with a new one painted in a contemporary colour. Alternatively, you can expand on the concept by creating an entirely new front entry, which may feature a door with sidelights, a cover where none previously existed, or an enlarged front porch to make a unique focal point for the front of your home.

#4 Your door no longer feels secure.

If you know that your front door is not secure, you must replace it immediately. Unsecure front doors are dangerous for your home, valuables, and family, increasing your property's vulnerability to vandalism or break-ins. Fibreglass, metal, composite, and vinyl doors all offer durability that can withstand great levels of impact. 

Moreover, you must ensure that the necessary security features such as double or triple glazing and secure fittings and fixtures are installed on your windows. Knowing that you have a fully reinforced and secure door will give you peace of mind and help you sleep better at night. 

#5 Your door makes sounds it's not supposed to.

Doors make loud and abrupt noise when you close and open them, and this is normal. You could even say it's a household staple. However, worn-out doors that require replacement get noisier with time as they no longer effectively filter out nearby sounds. Over time, door frames and the actual door do not provide the same level of sound insulation. 

If you have old wood doors, particularly in noisy areas such as inner cities or near motorways, you will hear a lot of ambient noise outside. It's distracting if you're working from home or trying to unwind at night. Fibreglass and steel doors are far more effective in reducing noise, even in densely populated areas. Additionally, vinyl and composite doors are more successful at reducing noise than wood doors. If you insist on having glass on your door, you may also get a hefty door with double- or triple-pane windows to aid noise reduction.

Conclusion

Home upgrades are expensive but well worth the investment. While door replacements are not inexpensive upfront, they will save you money on your energy bills and require less maintenance over time. Door replacements provide peace of mind by enhancing the safety and security of your valuable things and loved ones.

Rock Solid Doors Ltd
Creighton Ave, St Albans, AL1 2LG
0800 540 4366
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Graham Kidd
Graham Kidd
2 November 2023
100% recommend Paul and Harry a great father and son team! I'm so pleased that we used them to supply and fit our new front door. Straightforward to deal with from start to finish and communication throughout was excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable and were able to offer advice and suggestions when we were choosing the door we wanted. Nothing was rushed during the installation with great attention to detail. They took away our old door and frame and left everything clean and tidy at the end of the job. Thank you, Harry, for taking the time to go through everything with us at the end of the job, much appreciated. I would not hesitate in using Paul and Harry again. Thank you both so much, we are so pleased!
Andrew Brant
Andrew Brant
30 October 2023
Had a door fitted today. Extremely happy with the quality of the finish, attention to detail. Left site clean and tidy. Very impressed. Would highly recommend
Daniel Ashworth
Daniel Ashworth
6 October 2023
Had a door fitted by these very friendly chaps about 18 months ago. We're very happy with it. When an issue arose with the mechanism, they came out and fixed it in about 5 minutes and it's as it if is brand new again. Very pleased, would highly recommend.
L Edwards
L Edwards
2 October 2023
Communication with Paul was faultless throughout. He was polite, knowledgeable and efficient. Harry and Paul installed our new door, problem solving along the way. The finish was neat and tidy and they offered us excellent after sales service aswell. Would highly recommend.
Susie
Susie
22 September 2023
Highly recommend. We had our front door fitted by this lovely team. They were friendly, helpful, willing to listen to me debate options and provided helpful advice for choosing the right door for us. When he had a slight issue (no fault of their own) they came out to us the very next day and sorted it. Such a good supplier to work with!
Ed Barkham
Ed Barkham
21 September 2023
Brilliant service. No hidden costs or fees and no heavy sales tactics. Very open and clear from the start, and they worked really hard to fit a great new door in our thinner than average doorway! Great value and great result. Will be recommending to all.
fiona richards
fiona richards
10 September 2023
Highly recommend Rock Solid doors. We have used this friendly family company several times and have recommended them to others who have been equally impressed with the high standard of work and the product. We have received quick service and found them to be very reliable knowledgeable with no hard sell. The installations have been carried out professionally and they go the extra mile to ensure you are happy with everything. The external doors are robust and we are impressed with the quality of the product.
James Cooper
James Cooper
24 July 2023
Faultless customer service from a fantastic company to do business with. From start to finish it’s been a pleasure buying composite doors from Rock Solid Doors – in fact, we were so impressed with the front door and installation service they provided (we opted for a Solidor Ludlow 2 with 2 x fully glazed side lights) that we got them back to supply our utility door (Windsor Solidor – fully glazed) shortly afterwards. Paul dealt with our initial queries promptly, came to measure on site and provided a competitive quote very efficiently. These guys are first-rate craftsmen and know their stuff: evidenced by working around a couple of quirky construction issues without any problem – leaving us really impressed with the end product. It’s great to come across a local business that takes pride in what they do, going the extra mile for customer satisfaction – we cannot recommend Rock Solid Doors highly enough! Thank you Paul and Harry!
Simon Gould
Simon Gould
25 June 2023
Brilliant service from Paul at Rock Solid; our letter box seal had gone causing a slight leak - he responded immediately, attended this week and fixed with a new gasket. Would highly recommend the product and the service.
Lidia Duncan
Lidia Duncan
16 June 2023
I ordered my Vogue Rock door with the Ocean glass from Rock Solid Doors at the end of 2021. I had a number of criteria when searching for my new entrance door. It’s ability to insulate had to be A rated. I also wanted it to have a good quality locking mechanism that is smooth in action. My new door needed to be modern with a pane that lets plenty of light in and thus goes lower than the half line on the door, while leaving sufficient height for the letter box, so it is sufficiently high to be comfortably reached by our postman. The Vogue Rock door provided all that and more. I love sailing and the Ocean glass design evokes the lines of a sail in a beautifully minimalistic fashion. It also makes the door look unique, which is always a bonus. During my search for the perfect door I had lots of technical questions too. Only Paul and his colleague from Rock Solid Doors were able to answer all my questions and provide a door that offered what I was looking for. They supplied and fitted my new door in early 2022. My heating bill has gone down noticeably, as a result. With the golden oak wood grain on the outside, my door looks beautiful and elegant. Everyone who comes to the house for the first-time comment on it. The multi-locking mechanism has a smooth action and it is easy to use. The white wood grain on the inside finishes off the hallway like a designer window and door in one. Paul and his colleague went out of their way to make sure that I have the door and the finish just, as I wanted and that it worked seamlessly there on. We could not be happier. Thank You!
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