Signs It’s Time for Front Door Refinishing

If you’re looking for a quick and cost-effective way to boost your home’s curb appeal, then consider a front door refinishing project. Your front door has a big impact on how others see your property. A worn or faded door sends a signal to neighbors and prospective buyers that the rest of the house may be shabby as well. On the other hand, a refinished door will give your entire home a fresh, polished look that people will notice.

So, what’s the current condition of your front door? Here are a few signs to look for that will indicate it’s time for you to consider front door refinishing.

Damage to the Door

Is there any damage to the exterior of the door? Over time, your front door may become covered in scratches, scrapes, stains, and nicks. Even if you think the damage is minor, keep in mind that even small blemishes may be more noticeable to visitors and prospective buyers. Since you walk through that door every day, you may not even notice the visible damage.

Minor damages can easily be repaired by sanding down the door and having it re-stained. How much sanding is necessary depends on the thickness of the door. For example, old, heavy doors are often thicker than modern ones, so they can handle a little more sanding without compromising the integrity of the door.

Fading Wood

Your front door is, of course, exposed to the elements all day every day. Rain, wind, sunlight, will cause the wood to fade over time. Even if the door is painted, the color will diminish.

While you can’t prevent the door from fading, refinishing faded wood is an easy job. If there’s no damage to the door, then you won’t even need to sand it. You can simply apply new stain directly to the wood. If you want to paint the door a new color, then it’s best that you sand it down and start with a fresh surface.

Flaking Paint

If your front door is painted, then flaking paint is perhaps the most obvious sign that you need a front door refinishing. The bare areas left by flaking paint really stand out and can turn your front door into a real eyesore. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to remove the paint using a hand-held scraper followed by a sander. Once you’re down to the bare wood, you can paint and seal the door. You can expect the new paint job to last at least around 10 years.

If your front door is looking less than fabulous for any or all of the reasons above, you don’t necessarily have to replace it. You can refinish it for much less than the cost of a brand-new door and it’ll give your home a welcoming, elegant touch.

If you aren’t sure if your front door needs refinishing or repainting, contact Spray Finishes. We are experts in residential painting and can finish many jobs within 24 hours. Best of all, We can custom match physical samples of existing colors as well as a wide array of paint manufacturers’ standard colors. We’re able to do projects on site for your convenience or in one of our five tri-state area locations, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island, and Westchester. Contact us for an estimate on your next painting project.

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