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Posted on Oct 28, 2019 by Sam Heer

The Warning Signs: Do You Need a New Front Door?

How do you know if it’s time to replace your front door? Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, your go-to company in the state for storm doors, lists the warning signs below. 


Do you see cracks on your front door? Or does it look worn? Cracks, or any gap on your door for that matter, can let in drafts, which can in turn raise your heating costs this winter. If there are any cracks on your door, it’d be a good idea to replace it before temperatures drop below zero. 

Make sure to inspect your door carefully—small cracks are barely visible, after all. To make sure you don’t miss anything, light an incense stick near your door. The smoke should drift towards the cracks on your door, if there are any. 

Faulty Closing Mechanism 

Try opening and closing your door. Do they open and close properly? When you open the door, can you get it to hang level on hinges? If not, you’ll need a door replacement soon. 

Choosing a New Front Door

A new front door can be a significant investment, which is why you should do your research before making a purchase. We recommend that your new entry doors have the following qualities: 

  1. High energy efficiency – Your new doors should have sufficient insulation capabilities to help reduce your heating costs. 

  2. Long-lasting Durability – Like the other parts of your exterior, your front door is exposed to the elements throughout the year, so you need to make sure it can withstand wear and tear. 

  3. High Curb Appeal – Since your front door is part of your exterior, it also partly determines your curb appeal. It may not be as visible as other parts of your exterior, but it still plays an important role. Remember, one mismatched detail can ruin your home’s curb appeal. 

Fibrex® Front Doors  

If you’re looking for a durable, energy-efficient and visually stunning door, why not try our Fibrex doors? Fibrex is a composite material unique to Renewal by Andersen and can withstand temperature extremes, has excellent insulation properties, and doesn’t fade or peel. 

Want to learn more about our premium doors and windows? 

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois offers a wide variety of premium windows and doors, including patio doors. We customize each door according to your needs and preferences. To schedule a consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (866) 693-6707 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Peoria, Champaign and Bloomington, IL. 


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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