Entry Doors:  Front Door Restaining

Entry doors. How often do you need to repaint or restain my front door? Let’s talk about your front door. As the saying goes you only get one chance to make a good first impression and obviously when guests come to your home you want to make it as appealing as possible. There is why taking care of your front door regularly is important.

[ lick the arrow in the middle of the picture below to watch the video Mark made for you explaining how often to restain or repaint your front entry doors.  Enjoy! ]

Three Types of Doors

So when I’m talking with customers I first need to ask them what type of door do they have. And I usually get one of 3 answers. I bet you have one of these types: either a wood door, some sort of metal door, or fiberglass door. So here’s what I recommend.

Restaining Wood Doors

Let’s start with a wood door. If the door is stained and has varnish on it, we recommend every two to three years a light sanding with one coat of varnish applied. Now, if your front door doesn’t have a portico or canopy or is covered in another manner, the regular maintenance is relative because the weather or outside elements are harder on the door’s finish because it isn’t protected.

Repainting Wood Doors

A painted wood door should be painted every 5 to 7 years with a fresh coat of paint applied. Usually, the paint doesn’t fail, it just fades. This is especially if you have a storm door attached to the front door.  A wood door can trap heat if the door receives direct sunlight.  The heat is trapped between the wood door and the storm door which will bake that finish. This isn’t good.

Metal Doors

Let’s look at a metal door. Metal doors are painted for the most part. A simple recommendation is a fresh coat of paint every 5 to 7 years, sometimes a little sooner.

Entry Doors – Fiberglass Doors

So now let’s look at the fiberglass door. We recommend if it is stained you put a coat of varnish on every 2 years. If for some reason that you don’t maintain a fiberglass door every two years, and the stain and varnish fail, it will be very difficult to re-stain the door to make it look new again. If you’re painting a fiberglass door there again it’s back to every 5 to 7 years because the color will just start to fade out.If you follow these proper maintenance schedules, it should lead to a Long and Lasting first impression. Thanks again for joining us. Send in your Burning Questions and I will put them out.

If you follow these proper maintenance schedules, it should lead to a Long and Lasting first impression. Thanks again for joining us. Send in your Burning Questions and I will put them out.

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Lovely curving banister and staircase leading past a crystal chandelier to the entryway of an elegant upscale suburban home.