Have you finally taken a good hard look at your front door? Have you convinced yourself and everyone else in your family that replacing that old, rotting entry door will be the best thing to do and add value to your home? Are you finally so frustrated over the door not functioning properly, the draft you feel on a cold day, the constant fading and the lock not working properly? I can understand your frustration with an exterior door that is old and worn out. That exterior glass door with the foggy glass that is constantly getting on your nerves worsens your frustrations. You are now faced with either a door repair, refinishing your door or a replacement entry unit. Do you repair, fix, replace or refinish that ole entry door? Read more about garage door Denver CO
We need to take several things into consideration before venturing into the replacement, repair or refinishing of your door unit. Ask yourself why the door needs repair or replacement and what may have caused it (other than age) to look so old and worn out? If your front entry door is made of wood, is stained and is fading, be sure to review what the sun exposure the unit has. A stained door with a polyurethane finish, which has faded, may have sun exposure that is in excess of industry standards. Only about 15 years ago the polyurethane on exterior doors was allot different than what is available today and not too environmentally friendly. Because of the environmental laws in place today the UV protection in the polyurethane does not do a very good job of standing up the vicious rays of the sun. In general, the poly is not nearly as good as it was about 15- 20 years ago. In addition, if your door happens to have had a red tone color stain, such as a cherry or red mahogany, that red pigment is always the first color pulled out by the rays of the sun, changing the tone of the door to something with a browner tone in just a few months. Do not get me wrong; chances are the door still looks good and wonderful, but that red pigment will definitely get “bleached out” by the UV rays. More importantly is the polyurethane protection that is no longer doing what it is meant to do, protect the species of wood, but that is not obvious to your eyes at first glance. Small cracks develop in the poly allowing moisture penetration and the swelling, cracking and splitting of the lumber. Makes no difference what the lumber is, it could be oak, mahogany, cherry or cedar, a door that is stained that has polyurethane failure will have door/wood failure if not maintained. Constant, perhaps 2 or 3 times a year, maintenance is needed on a stained mahogany door with sun exposure or any species of a wood door.
Even if your door happens to be a painted door that you have painted over and over again, you will still have failure in the form of rotting. Once again sun exposure is relative and most likely the cause. Sure expansion, contraction, rain and snow will destroy the wood over time, but it is the sun that is always the root of the problem. A nice paint job will always spiff the door up and look new again but that is really a way of putting a band-aid over a bleeding cut. The door unit with that type of exposure will continue to deteriorate as water will find a way to penetrate the hairline cracks which by the way are not visible to your eye. The sun has created a condition in whatever finish there may be; painted or stained that allows moisture to be consumed by the lumber, sort of like a sponge. This moisture penetration will cause severe rotting, panel failure and split stiles over time and eventually you will have a door unit with complete failure. The need for maintenance still exists for a painted door as there is with a stained door with sun exposure. New fresh topcoats of paint for a painted door and a new topcoat of polyurethane for a stained door are required. Another option for a stained door is a marine wax. Each change of seasons, the door unit should be waxed to protect the finish, sort of like waxing a car. It is important to avoid any prolonged development of those cracks not seen by the eye. When you can see those cracks with a quick glance, you know they have been there for a while and you better move quickly.