Keep Your Exterior Doors Looking New
How do you keep your exterior doors looking fresh despite their old age? Read our tried-and-tested tips on how you can keep your welcoming entryway in tip-top shape.
Check for Wear and Tear
From header to threshold, complete a thorough initial physical inspection of your exterior doors from top to bottom and side to side. Look for signs of scruffs and damages in all perspectives — aesthetics, function and durability — so you can zoom in on the problem and proactively deliver a solution.
Steel doors coated with epoxy primer are virtually maintenance-free, except in coastal settings where extra precautionary measures should be taken into account. Conversely, for marine-type wooden exterior doors, this is not the case. This classic rendition of your exterior door will contract and expand over the years based on its inevitable exposure to humidity levels.
If left untreated, excessive moisture infiltration can lead to wood rot. Its best to alleviate the situation with a fast, hands-on approach, and keep an eye on the susceptible areas, so your wood exterior door will not warp, twist or bow.
Replace Worn-out Hardware
Searching for tell-tale clues that your exterior door badly needs revamping? Hurriedly stepping outside has become a common occurrence, because your pneumatic door closer has no “hold-open” function to keep your door open for a few more seconds. Then, your cylindrical lockset’s defective locking mechanism deprives you of your need for privacy.
If your door hardware inefficiently operates, it’s time for an upgrade.
Hinges are the most critical hardware for your exterior doors. If left unchecked, you will have a sagging door, or no door at all. Lubricate or replace those rusty hinges, do a little tweaking or tightening here and there, and you will have a protective entry door to open and close.
Splash Colored Paints
Give your exterior doors a much-deserved facelift by rolling fresh coats of paint and finishes on the surface. Sand it over, remove old traces of chipped paint, and then go bold with surprising hues.
Sunny yellow, royal blue, punchy orange, cherry red or lime green — instill vigor and life with inviting elements on your entryway. Transforming your exterior doors from stark to stylish has never been easier.
Seal Weatherstripping Tight
Blame your ineffective door weather-strip for your escalating electricity costs.
Solve this drafty and leaky conundrum by making your exterior door as weathertight and energy-efficient as possible — sealing it tight from any energy loss that may seep through gaps and cracks. Watch how your trend switches from hiking utility bills to increased electricity savings.
Keep Them Pristine
Scheming a quick cosmetic fix for your entryways, in the best-case scenario, won’t cost you cost a thing. Take your exterior door from bland to brand new by simply cleaning it. Scrub and wash the grime and dirt off your door panel with mild soap and water, or use furniture wax for your stained wood door to give off that lustrous shine.
When all is said and done above, finish off your exterior door care with spotless cleaning.
Troubleshooting exterior door problems is our expertise. See for yourself how we can help you maintain your exterior entryways to their optimal performance by scheduling an appointment in our Manhattan showroom located at 135 East 57th St 18-106.