4 Tips for Maximizing the Longevity of Your Home’s Doors

4 Tips for Maximizing the Longevity of Your Home’s Doors

June 30, 2020
Martin Whitmore, President of US Window & Door
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The oldest door in the world can be traced to Zurich, Switzerland. Tree-ring dating methods estimate it to be 5,100 years old.

While your home’s doors are nowhere near that old, they may need some sprucing up.

Is your eye-catching red door looking a little worse for the wear? Do your interior doors need some help?

What can you do to bring them back to life and extend their usefulness rather than replace them?

Door installation experts have some tips on how to increase the longevity of the doors in your home. Keep reading to learn how to save some serious money over time.

1. Check the Hardware

Whether you have a country door or super modern door, your hardware is basically the same and needs yearly attention.

Look at the hinges. Are they operating smoothly? Do they need a lubricant to keep from sticking?

Are the doorknobs turning properly? Do they get stuck?

You can use any spray lubricant to get the hardware working as it should.

2. Clean as Needed

Depending on your circumstances, your home’s interior doors need a thorough cleaning only twice a year in addition to regular dusting.

Your exterior doors need more frequent cleaning, especially if they are exposed to the elements.

Use a mild soap and water and some elbow grease and get those doors looking new.

Remember your front door gives your home’s first impression. Regular upkeep not only helps preserve the door, but it also makes your home look nice to visitors and passersby.

3. Check the Caulk Joints and Weatherstripping

Due to shrinking and usage, caulk in the joints and weatherstripping may need to be replaced.

You don’t want rain or snow seeping in and deteriorating the door. Keeping things buttoned up is also important for lowering cooling or heating costs.

4. Keep the Finish Fresh

If the paint is peeling or stain is looking dull and worn, give your doors a new coat of paint or strip and restain it if it’s a true wood door.

Clean painted doors first. Pull away peeling paint. Sand and clean away dust.

Use a good quality exterior paint for the topcoat.

If you have a stained door that needs some attention, sand away the old stain first. Clean the door and apply the new stain.

A good finish on your door will keep them protected and will lengthen its lifespan and usability which saves you money.

Now that you know how to save money by extending the life of your doors, have you also considered solar panel installation? Installing solar panels in your home can help you save even more money and produce clean energy.

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Increase the Longevity of Your Doors

Maximizing the longevity of your home’s doors will save you time and money and will improve the look of your home.

Your home’s doors are not the only home feature that needs your attention. Our blog articles give you lots of valuable information from recommendations for the most energy-efficient windows to spring cleaning tips.

Check out the rest of our blog today!