Replacing Your Internal Doors: Why and How Often Should You Change Your Interior Doors 

Posted: 13 Jun, 2024.

You might overlook replacing your interior doors when it comes to home maintenance, but your doors can significantly impact the aesthetics and functionality of your living space. As internal door experts, in this blog, we’ll look into the benefits of replacing your internal doors and how often you should be replacing them.

Why should you change your interior doors?

There are a number of reasons why changing your interior doors can be a huge benefit.

Improve insulation

As interior doors age, they can start to expand or move in the frame. This can cause gaps to appear around them, which can let in drafts. Whilst draft stoppers can help to alleviate the issues, the best way to banish drafts is with a new door that fits the frame snugly. Not only will this stop the chill from coming in, but it will also help the heat from escaping the room. This can help to keep the room warmer and will mean you won’t have to turn the thermostat up to keep the space at a cosy temperature.

Axis Oak Internal Fire Door

Update the style

It’s a general rule that you should repaint your interior every 3 to 5 years. This will keep your walls looking bright and fresh, and also gives you the opportunity to update the interior style. If you go for a drastic change with the colour of your walls, you might find that your interior doors no longer match. So, you should take this opportunity to switch out your interior doors for a chic new look. Whether you go for urban industrial style doors, charming oak cottage internal doors, or sleek fluted doors, there’s sure to be a style of door that acts as the finishing touch to your new interior.

Civic Black Glazed Industrial Style Doors

Refresh the finish

It might be that you’re perfectly happy with your current interior style. Even so, it might be beneficial to switch out your doors. Your interior doors can be scratched, scraped and knocked throughout their lifetime. This can leave them looking tired and worn, which can bring down the vibe of your room as a whole. It may be that you can simply give your current door a lick of paint or varnish to get it looking pristine again – we have a detailed, expert internal door care guide to help you maintain your doors. However, if your doors have severe damage, it could be best to change out your doors for something brand new.

Prevent damage

As doors warp and settle over time, they can start to scrape against the door frame and floor. When left unchecked, this can start to cause damage, leaving marks and even cracks and dents. It can also make the door difficult to open and close, which can be a pain. To rectify this, you can check the hinges to see if they need tightening. If the hinges are correct but the door is still scraping against the frame or floor, you might need a new door. A properly installed door should fit snugly in the frame without scraping against anything, saving you damage to your home with a safe, functional door.

How often should you change your interior doors?

How often you should change your interior doors will vary on numerous factors. The material the door is made from will affect how long it lasts, as well as how often it gets used. A door made from low quality materials in a high traffic area will not last as long as a door made from high quality materials in a low traffic area, for example.

The environment the door is in will also affect how long it lasts. If your home is quite humid, this could cause the door to warp sooner than in a dryer environment, so it might need replacing quicker. How well maintained the door is will affect how long it lasts – if you fix minor repairs quickly, this could prevent major damage happening, so the door will likely last longer.

Finally, the quality of your installation will affect how long the door lasts. A door that has been professionally installed will result in a door that moves smoothly, which will reduce wear and tear and mean the door could last longer.

Overall, interior doors can last, on average, between 10-15 years. At JB Kind, we provide a 15-year door guarantee, for many of our doors that have been used in accordance with our preparation, installation and maintenance guidelines. We’re proud to only use the best quality materials for our doors, with a high standard of manufacturing processes and quality control systems to ensure our doors last.

You can take a look at our range of internal doors or contact us for more information.

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