No door is perfect. They can warp, rot, rust, and bubble among other things. There are a few things you can do to keep your doors lasting longer and looking great. In this article, we will be covering some of the best practices in keeping your door maintained.
Maintaining Exterior Doors
Since exterior doors are exposed to the elements, they are more likely to experience problems. Therma Tru Doors recommends checking your doors at least once a year to make sure they are in good working order.
Look for fading finishes or chipped paint
Check the weather-strips for seal inadequacies
Look around the door bottom for sill gasket wear
Check the threshold for splitting or cracking.
Catching these problems early will extend the life of your doors which ultimately saves you money.
If the paint on your door is chipped make sure you sand and touch up the paint as soon as possible. If your door is stained it is time to re-finish or re-seal your door. It can be expensive, but it will keep the door lasting longer. As an alternative to refinishing your stained door you can paint the door instead, but again make sure you sand the door first.
Changing out your weather seals is important when they start to fail. They aren’t that expensive, and you can pick up the seals at your local hardware store.
Maintaining Interior Doors:
The trick to maintaining interior doors is to keep them clean. This doesn’t just mean washing the door itself but cleaning the hardware as well. This is even more important if you live in a coastal community.
Weekly cleaning is best, but how do you clean your doors? If you have fiberglass doors just dilute some dish soap and use a lint-free cloth or sponge to wipe down your door. If you have a stained wood door, make sure to use real wood oil to wipe your doors down.
During your cleaning, make sure to check for moisture, the finish or pain is intact, and that the frames are free from cracks or warping. Check your hardware for rust. If you can’t remove the rust, it is time to replace the hardware. You also want to check that your hinges and door handles are moving properly. If they aren’t moving properly you may need to take the hardware apart and oil them.
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