Front doors are one of the first things people notice about your home and they say a lot about the overall design, which is why some homeowners will spend as much as $8,000 on a front door alone, according to CostHelper.com. With this part of your home being so valuable, it is expected that you will want it to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, some homeowners have a lovely front door installed only to see it warp a few years later. Why does this happen and what can you do to stop it? Here’s what you need to know about protecting your front door.
What causes a door to warp?
Any type of wooden door can warp, regardless of what kind of wood it is made out of; pine is often more prone to warping because it is a soft-grained conifer wood. The most usual causes of a warped door include heat from exposure to the sun or exposure to moisture. When a front door is installed with one side always exposed to the elements, warping is difficult to avoid. However, there are some precautions that will save the integrity of your front door.
How to Avoid Warping
Add a Protective Coating
Just as it is with other exterior wood surfaces, adding a protective coating can help ward off damage from the sun and rain. There are epoxy finishes, varnishes or sealers made specifically for sealing wooden front doors. It’s important to keep in mind that these finishes and protective coatings will typically have to be reapplied every few years to continue their protective qualities. Therefore, applying a new finish will be a crucial part of preventing the door from warping with age.
Opt for Pre Finishing
Having the door pre-finished by the installer is an excellent way to keep it protected from the elements. During the pre finishing process, the door will be painted, sealed, or finished before it is installed. This saves you the trouble of having to find the right products to protect the door once it is installed, but it also means it is less likely that the door will end up warped because it was improperly finished after installation.
Install a Weather-Resistant Door
It is always best if you opt for a weather-resistant door if your door will be more exposed to sun, heat, or moisture. For example, if you have a front door that is not protected overhead by a porch awning, a weather-resistant door can be a better option. These doors are often made from other materials besides wood, such as:
- vinyl and other plastic materials
- composite materials
Additionally, you can find doors that are created with a wooden interior and are coated with a protective vinyl or plastic layer, which can be a great alternative if you want the appearance of wood with the resilience of other materials. If you are unsure of what door would be best for your home, allow one of RWC’s skilled representatives help you choose the right model.
Important Points to Remember
- The primary causes of front door warping are moisture and sun exposure.
- Adding a protective coating to the door can help prevent the problem.
- Go with a pre-finished door installation.
- Make sure the front door you choose is weather resistant.
Protecting the front door you have in your home from warping is the smart way to protect your investment for the long term, and with a little guidance, this is not hard to achieve. Contact RWC today to find out more about door installation services.