Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Does my front door look too easy to break into?”  Honestly, according to our Philadelphia Locksmith, this does matter!  From a brand new door, to a door appearing to be made of metal, to a door who has a duct taped window, to a door which just looks… weak, appearance does matter.  Criminals, by most, are looking for the easiest way to make money.  This means choosing the easiest door to break into.  They didn’t get into the business to work hard, and earn a living.  They got into the business to make money QUICKLY and EASILY.  Makes a lot of sense.  If you have any apparent issues or areas which look weak – your neighbor, family member or even burglar will notice as well.  Now if you happen to have your front gate or door not appearing correctly, most likely the structure of the door is at fault.  Whether we are speaking to the door knob, the door frame, the door itself, the bolts and/or all the above, criminals will be able to spot the weak point.  On a happier note, you will likely not need to do too much if the door appears damaged.  Now, keep in mind, some door are far beyond the point of repair, and may simply need a new door.  Regardless, this blog post is focused on getting your front door working properly.  Take a moment to learn a bit more from our locksmith in Philadelphia on how to analyze your door, and potentially get it fixed!  If you do need to get the door fixed, search locksmith Philadelphia, and we will be on our way!

The Doorway is a bit too drafty

In comparison to what we noted above, lots of focus on structure, we wanted to start off with the other side of things: energy.  Even though this may not be a focal point for criminals, they may see errors or faults in the door which cause drafts.  We live in Philadelphia, clearly an area with a lot of weather.  There is nothing worse then a nice cool, RANDOM, breeze while you are relaxing on the couch.  Not only is this problematic for comfort, but can also have a drastic effect on your monthly bill.  Would you like to spend money for no reason? Of course not.  First, please check to see if the door has any cracks?  If so, you may simply need to get these holes/cracks blocked. The fix is quite easy, and all you need to do is get your front door waterproofed.  Think of the door adding a glossy sheen, but looking brand new.  If you want to go a bit further, get a door rug/mat, which covers up the actual air flow at the bottom.  Subtle, but can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

Why am I tired from opening my front door?

For the sake of understanding, have you opened your refrigerator, but feel like you need some water or a protein bar after?  As in, quite… difficult?  Some users experience this at their front door!  I know.. crazy.  This is not too common, but your door may not be installed correctly.  This means the door may be a bit too large/slanted/small for the frame.  You may be able to take a look at your own door hinges, adjust to be level, and reset.  If not, you will need to call a Philadelphia Locksmith to help get this situated correctly.  If the door is not completely level, it won’t shut properly.  Please stop trying to slam or press hard, since this will only cause further structural issues.  Now, if it appears to be more than noted above, you will 100% need to get a new door.

WD-40 to the Squeaky Door Rescue

Clearly, you would notice this immediately.  Hopefully, you didn’t buy the home with the door.  Now if so or if the door was broken or bumped, your door may be a bit squeaky on the opening.  We do understand, this is a great way to ensure the kids do not sneak out of the home or a way to ensure criminals aren’t entering, but for your sanity, we recommend self-diagnosing.  Pam or WD40 is the extreme simple fix.  Aim right at the hinges, and see if this will alleviate the issue.  Wait a moment before retesting.  Now, if this doensn’t seem to be the answer, you will need to reach out to a professional locksmith.  Its either extremely easy or… call a locksmith.  They may need to offer a new type of door or perhaps new hinges.  We recommend calling around a bit to get the best possible prices

Overall, front doors are extremely important. From the greater needs of safety to the more simplistic wants of correctness, the front door is important.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Top Notch Locksmith Philadelphia today!