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When Is It Time to Replace Your Front Door

Front Door Replacement

Opportunity (for a new door) is knockin’

When was the last time you gave serious thought to the quality of your front door? Better yet, when was the last time you thought about replacing your front door? Maybe you have thought about it, but you’re putting off doing anything to fix it..

It’s easy to take something that’s used as routinely as a front door for granted. However, it doesn’t mean you should take your front door for granted. After all, your front door has a lifespan just like any other feature of your house. And the signs of wear that may alert you that your front door needs replacement may be right in front of your eyes.

So, in a proactive attempt to prevent your front door from letting more in than it keeps out, here are a few tell-tale signs that you need a new front door.

H2: Drafty front doors

Other than serving as a functional and fashionable asset to your home, a front door is partly responsible for your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re feeling a constant draft pouring in around your closed front door, it’s probably a sign that its seals are shrinking or cracking from use and age. Drafts are responsible for higher energy bills because, depending on the season, more warm or cool air is entering your home than the door is keeping out.

H2: Check your exterior door for cracks

Other than the fact that cracks in your front door are aesthetically unappealing, they’re also a structural safety concern. Furthermore, cracks add to any possible draft intrusion and (wait for it) bug infiltration. No thanks!

H2: Bug problem

Speaking of bugs and creepy crawlies, if you’re finding an excess amount of pests — particularly ants inside your front door/foyer area — chances are that they’re marching their way in right through your front door. Front doors that don’t close or seal properly are often open invitations to little six- and eight-legged friends. So if you don’t want arthropods as roommates, it might be time to invest in a new front door.

H2: Hinges that make you cringe

Do your hinges sound like a squealing pig every time you open or close your front door? Sure, a little squirt of WD40 can subdue the squeak, but you may have a deeper problem on your hands. Hinges that are breaking down from normal wear and tear could be an early indicator that your door itself isn’t far behind. And if your hinges are loose/breaking down, then your door could be in jeopardy of being broken down — or broken into.

 

Rustica Hardware front door

There are many reasons for front door replacement, including drafts and cracks raising your energy bill, compromising the safety of your home, and wear and tear causing an unpleasant eye sore and potentially causing structural damage. If you’re in need of a new front door, let us help you find one that’s as stylish as it is sealed and safe.

Rustica Hardware front door


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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Dark

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Clear

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Grey

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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