Although wood doors are known to provide timeless beauty, it is important to care for and protect them regularly to keep them looking and functioning their best. Look out for hairline cracks in the topcoat or finish, changes in color and texture such as flaking and scaling, dullness or chalkiness. Virtually any weather condition can attack your door’s finish, so it’s a good idea to pamper your door with regular refurbishing from a trained professional. If you live in an area prone to severe climate, or your entry is under direct sunlight, you’ll want to examine your door regularly.
Door maintenance is not just a matter of appearance. Daily wear and tear, the occasional scratch, humidity, heat and other environmental causes can deteriorate your door’s finish and expose the wood underneath. Avoid split seams, cracked wood, mold, mildew and dry rot with periodic refurbishment. Not only will it save you money, it will save your door.
Refurbishing your door doesn’t have to be complicated – a simple cleaning and adding a new protective coat is enough sometimes. However, if your door is damaged with chips, dents, scratches, or if your door warps and swells, it must be repaired promptly and may require a deeper refurbishing. Warping and swelling, for instance, causes the wood to expand against its frame, making it difficult, if not impossible, to open. Warping can be fixed sometimes depending on how severely a door has warped and the location of the warped spot. However, if overlooked, a warp can escalate and be impossible to fix. Warping in doors occurs due to drastic temperature changes, poor ventilation, and not sealing properly all six sides of the door slab.