If the saying “first impressions are everything” is true, then your home’s front door has quite the responsibility. Putting your best foot forward is a great goal, but this can be difficult when your old or outdated front door takes away from the beauty of your home’s façade.

In some cases, it may not be immediately clear when it’s the right time to replace your front door. That’s why we wanted to outline a few telltale signs that every homeowner should look out for in their home’s front entrance. If you can relate to one or more of the following items, a new door from ProVia may be the solution for you

#1: Appearance
Your front door should look as well-maintained and attractive as the rest of your home. If your current entrance looks worn out, you may be giving off the wrong impression. This can be anything from peeling paint and faded colors to splitting wood and dry rot, or even just an outdated style. Regardless of what is holding the look of your door back, a replacement can revitalize the appearance of your home and improve its first impression.

ProVia offers hundreds of design options and color choices, so you’ll be able to find an option that fits your specific needs and truly gives your home a “wow” factor.

#2: Ease of Operation
We tend to roll with the punches in life, and all too often, we carry the same spirit to our doors, ignoring issues with ease of operation as a sign that it’s time for a replacement. If you find that the door has warped and no longer shuts tightly, you need to use a shoulder to completely close it, or you have to lift the handle a certain way to open it, perhaps it’s time to find a more long-term solution.

A properly installed ProVia entry door will not only be much easier to operate overall, but you can rest assured it will seal correctly too.

#3: Energy Efficiency
Your front door can affect the energy efficiency of your entire home. If you check your door, do you notice light creeping in around the frame or a breeze coming through the bottom? Whether it’s due to bad weatherstripping or a slight structural shift that’s prevent the door from properly sealing, it’s very likely that your energy efficiency is suffering and therefore, so are your utility costs.

A new ProVia entry door will provide a solution. By pairing a Q-Lon compression weatherstrip around the top and sides of the door with a triple fin weatherstrip at the bottom, ProVia doors will seal tightly, locking out moisture and helping to improve your home’s energy efficiency.  Plus, the threshold is adjustable, so you’re covered if a shift in your home’s foundation occurs down the line.

#4: Security
One of the most important features of your front door is the sense of security it provides. If you have an older door, you may be more at risk for break-ins because of the minimal support that’s holding the door frame in place. That’s why, oftentimes, the door frame is what’s busted during break-ins, not the lock.

On the other hand, ProVia doors include a 20-gauge steel plate behind the frame that screws into the stud on the wall. This dramatically increases the strength and security of the door, making it a safer choice and a worthwhile upgrade.

As you can see, a lot goes into the effectiveness of a front door. From practical and stylistic standpoints, there’s always room for improvement. Contact us for more information about your options for door replacement and how we can help your home make a better first impression!