Tips for Exterior Door Maintenance

Your doors are some of the first things that people notice about your home. What impression do your doors make? It’s easy to forget about your exterior doors. However, keeping them maintained should be an important part of your home maintenance to-do list. Here are some tips on how to keep them maintained well.

#1: Keep weather changes in mind.
Do you have wood exterior doors? These doors are prone to slight shrinkage in the colder weather and expansion in the hot weather. Your goal should always be to have the doors sealed properly. That way, the door will do its job no matter what the weather does outside. Weather stripping around the door frame is key. Keeping the door sealed with paint that combats moisture is another way to keep it protected.

#2: Clean it.
Cleaning the exterior doors isn’t something you have to do often but wiping it down well at least twice a year is a great idea. Now that our Pacific Northwest weather is changing to be a little colder, it’s a good time to clean your doors well. Simply use a gentle cleaning agent like baby shampoo or diluted dish soap with a soft cloth or sponge to wipe dirt or fingerprints off it. Rinse it with a small amount of water and then let it air dry completely or wipe it clean with a dry towel.

#3: Check for damage.
Your exterior doors play a big role in your home and are put to good use. While you’re cleaning the doors, check for any wear and tear. For example, look for peeled paint or any damages to the frame.

#4: Replace old doors.
When was the last time your exterior doors were replaced? If they are old and energy inefficient, consider replacing them before the coldest days of winter hit. New doors can help keep warm air in and will reduce energy usage.

Our team at Lifetime Windows & Doors has been installing exterior doors for customers around the Pacific Northwest for decades. Doors add curb appeal and will help save energy, too! We have the experience, knowledge, and positive reputation that you expect, so contact us today to get your door replacement project started.