Nothing is as important to the safety of your family as a secure entranceway, though these can sometimes be overlooked by homeowners. Doors provide both security to your home and help to deter pests. This article will have some tips for maintaining your doors and the sills that they rest on.
When you move into a new home one of the first points you should consider is changing the door locks, if not the whole door itself. The locks on your door will not be secure until you do so as your former owners, their families, and friends, and maybe even your neighbors, may all have copies of your keys. When you are doing so consider having a professional locksmith handle the installation in order to provide for added security to your home. In addition, if your door is old or warped you may want to simply replace the whole door and have one professionally installed. Doors are expensive but require little future maintenance.
Door maintenance goes beyond the basic security of course. It also involves preventing pests from entering your home. Be sure to look at your door sills both on the ground level and from the basement if you have access to them. Doing so will allow you to identify of insects such as termites are entering through here. Door sills are a common stopping point for termites and holes and piles of wood powder are a good indicator that termites are present.
Door maintenance should not be the last thing on your checklist and should be strongly considered as one of the first things you should update in your new home.