Considering everyday usage, high visibility, the visual aesthetic, as well as the high importance of its functionality, it is pretty strange how many people tend to overlook the state of their doors. The right door can dramatically affect your home interior's privacy, noise control as well as the overall visual impression. In the further text, we will discuss a few signs that you should probably change your door.
Your Door is Difficult to Close and Open
If you find yourself in a situation where your friends come over, and you need to explain to them what is your special technique for opening the door, maybe it's time to replace it. Of course, there are certain situations in which it will be harder for you to open the door, for example, if it's very windy outside. But if you are having a problem like this on everyday occasions, that is a whole other issue. For example, maybe your hinges are sinking, or your door is sticking into the door jam, which complicates things further since it indicates the probability of exposed areas around the door. If you experience these problems, these experts for windows and doors suggest that you should replace your door. It is important to note that the weather impacts the materials of your doors through time, like metal and wood, because they tend to expand and contract with temperature changes.
The Light Comes Through Your Door
If you can see the light passing through, under, or between your door, you should know that a lot more air can pass through then when your door is closed properly. Why is this a problem, you might ask? Well, if we are talking about the doors inside the house, it probably isn't that big of a deal, but if the door in question is the one that leads to the outside, this means that the cold air on winters, as well as hot air in the summer, will come into your home much easier. So, if you have an air conditioner, you'll quite literally be throwing your money out of your door.
You Feel the Cold Air Coming Through Your Door
While we have talked about the problem of air circulation through the gaps in the exterior doors, there is a probability that the gaps aren't the only reason that you are cold. Many doors these days are equipped with a spring-loaded threshold. You can check if there are screws at the surface of your threshold. If there are 3 or 4 screws along the surface of your threshold, you could raise it to your weather stripping on your door to help solve the problem. If you can't raise it and/or you raise the threshold, but the weather stripping is just too old and worn out, you can replace that too. Also, your door may be simply poorly insulated.
You Have Water or Insect Damage in the Past
Most people associate water damage with changing the floor, but the truth is that even external air moisture damages your exterior doors, making the wood that they're made of rot in the long term. If we are talking about major water damage, it only makes the rotting faster. This makes your door softer and easier to break, hence also making your home easier to break into. The same thing applies to insect damage.
Your Door is Damaged and Cracked
Doors are probably the number one object in our households when it comes to taking a beating. They are slammed, sometimes even kicked when our hands are full, and it quite usually shows. It comes without saying that if your door is cracked - you should change it.
The Hinges of Your Door are Starting to Rust
We have already talked about the weather impact on the wood rotting, but it should be also mentioned that the metal of the hinges is heavily impacted by the same things - weather, moisture, and water damage. If your door hinges are starting to rot, it is quite possible that your doors will be harder to open and close, and could even fall off at some point.
Your Door Look a Bit Too Retro
While we have mostly focused on the functionality of the door in the past six paragraphs, we should mention the importance of the visual aspect, with the best example - the front door. The front door sets the tone for the entire experience of the home. One could say that it's a person's first impression of a home. The same goes for the interior doors, even the different color could change the entire mood of the room.
While it's entirely up to you on how you will approach the style of your home, the one thing is certain - safety first! Hence, be sure to check if any of the above-mentioned signs apply to your doors.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist