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Time for a New Front Door? Here’s How to Tell

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Quick FAQs

Is my front door letting in drafts?

Drafty doors can make your home feel uncomfortable and lead to higher energy bills. If you feel cold air around the door frame, even when windows are closed, it's a sign your door might need replacing.

Is my front door difficult to open and close?

Difficulty operating your door smoothly could indicate worn mechanics or security concerns. A new door will offer easy operation and peace of mind.

Does my front door show signs of warping?

Warped doors, especially wooden ones, often need replacing due to environmental factors causing them to lose their shape.

How do you know when it’s time to replace your front door? If you are experiencing one or more of the issues listed below, chances are it’s time to upgrade and invest in a new front door.

1. Is your front door letting in draughts?

Draughts from your door can make your home feel cold and uncomfortable. Those gaps letting the draught in also let the heat you put into your home escape. With the cost of gas and electricity showing no signs of reducing, a replacement door will likely save you money in the long term and instantly make your home feel more comfortable.

2. Is your front door difficult to open and close?

If you are having trouble opening and closing your door smoothly, it’s probably a result of the age and condition of the mechanical aspects of your door. This is likely to raise concerns over the security your door is currently providing. A new door will include the latest security measures, offering easy operation and peace of mind.

3. Does your front door show signs of warping of the door or frame?

If your door has become misshapen and warped, this is a telltale sign that your door needs replacing. Warping happens due to the expansion and contraction of the door, usually due to environmental factors. It is especially problematic in wooden doors.

4. Does your front door let in noise from the outside?

If you can hear traffic from the road or the neighbours pulling up, it could be a sign that the seals in your door are failing and the door not being properly aligned. This is a telltale sign that your door needs replacing.

5. Is your front door weathered, faded, discoloured or peeling?

If the paint is peeling off or your door has faded, repairing your doors may seem like the best idea. However, painting a composite/uPVC door is notoriously difficult, and if you have a wooden door, this can become an increasingly precarious task, yielding uncertain or unsatisfactory results.

Most new front doors come with a 10-year warranty protecting the discolouration and peeling of a slab. This will take the worry out of painting and decorating and will immediately make the front of your house look more attractive.

6. Does your front door lack curb appeal?

Sometimes, your door may not suit you, your personality, or your property. With so many styles and colours of doors available, why settle for a door that doesn’t look right? You could have your dream door, and not only will it look great, but you’ll have the added benefit of more security and no draughts! Win-Win!

Conclusion: Should I consider a new front door?

If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, or simply want to upgrade your home’s entrance, consider investing in a new front door. It’s a decision you won’t regret.

Replacing your front door isn’t just about fixing a problem; it’s an investment in your home’s comfort, security, and appearance. A new door can:

  • Enhance your home’s energy efficiency: Reduce drafts and save money on heating (and cooling) bills
  • Increase your home’s security: Modern doors offer advanced security features for peace of mind
  • Boost your home’s value: A beautiful new door adds instant curb appeal and can potentially increase your property value
  • Improve your home’s comfort: Eliminate drafts and noise pollution for a more comfortable living environment

Need professional advice?

At Three Counties, we can help you find the perfect door to suit your home and your budget. Contact us today to explore our wide selection of styles and materials and start creating your ideal front door. Why not visit our showroom, where we showcase a wide range doors, windows and conservatories – we have a large choice of front doors on display.

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David Bryant
David Bryant
Very happy with our new door . The support team kept us up to date on everything and the guys on the installation team were early , friendly and professional. Great value all round
Kate Hulbert
Kate Hulbert
Was looking for a new front door, to replace our tragically 80's monstrosity. The Three Counties website was great as i could see and design the door i wanted and then get a quote for it. The sales team was really quick to respond, and not at all pushy. A survey was easily arranged, to confirm sizes etc and the installer turned up precisely on time, was super friendly, efficient, neat and very tidy. Whole process took about 4 weeks, beginning to end, and I now have the door of my dreams! The only downside is my neighbors keep pestering me for details of who did the job. No hesitation in recommending Three Counties.
Nikki Wade
Nikki Wade
I'm very happy with my new conservatory - Mark and David did a brilliant job of the build and resolved any issues I had to make sure everything was finished to a really high standard.
Dominic Blood
Dominic Blood
This is the second time I have used Three Counties , a few years later and in a different house this time. It’s great to see the quality of the windows and workmanship have remained 5*. A stress free installation from start to finish, all windows installed have transformed how our 70s style house looks and now no worries of mould as a result of the old timber framed windows. The Installers who completed our job were amazing, and I mean amazing! Hard working, extremely skilful at their trade, polite and very tidy. Each day when they left they hovered up and left the place in the best condition they could. The whole process from the initial quote , measurements and dealing with the office team before and after the installation has been a true pleasure , if only all businesses were as efficient as this. Highly recommended for anyone considering new windows or any other products they provide and I won’t hesitate to use them again. Thank you Three counties!
Kim Stevens
Kim Stevens
I shopped around and three counties came in at the most reasonably priced, and I used the buy now pay later option. Really happy with my new door and window, which were both fitted in one afternoon. The customer service was very good throughout and everything went smoothly.
I had some windows fitted a few years ago and have recently had a problem with one of the locking mechanism failing. I called 3 Counties, who had a base call out charge, where a lovely lady took my details, refered to my file and we agreed a date when the fitter would come out and inspect the issue. Paul arrived bang on time and was very helpful. He checked the window, confirmsd the issue and promptly fixed it there and then with a replacement part he had on board his van. He was polite and knowledgable. Very efficient. Thank you 3 Counties.
samie dowling
samie dowling
I had new windows fitted and they look amazing, make such a difference. House is much warmer and soundproof! Staff were very professional, done the job so quickly and cleaned up after. Would definitely recommend.
Ywain Martin
Ywain Martin
Excellent service throughout the process. Very happy
Victoria Stone
Victoria Stone
Very happy with our new windows. Fitters were respectful and tidy. From start to finish. Thanks again.