Tips for Maintaining Doors to Extend Their Lifespans
Front doors, like many other parts of your house, have a certain service life. However, certain practices will help your door to last longer. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about what you should be doing to extend the life of your doors.
If your door is squeaking or squealing, then lubricate the hinges with either a silicone spray or WD-40. That noise you hear is an indication of friction. If the friction continues without addressing it, this will wear on your hinges and can spell the need to replace the hinges altogether.
The noise and friction will also wear on the door, where the hinges are attached. This is why it is very important to address hinges that are not working properly.
Do you feel a draft around the door or the sidelights? Or, worse, are you seeing ice on the inside of the door where there are cracks? Drafts need to be addressed. Exterior caulking may help depending on the issue. You will need to regularly change the weather stripping which will wear out before the door does.
Any severely cold air or ice damages the door over time causing cracks or widening cracks or other damage, especially to a wood door. The cold air and ice can also damage the door housing and trim. A small problem can turn into a large problem if these issues are left unaddressed.
Keep the Door Clean
This may sound silly but a clean door lasts longer. Clean the interior and exterior of the door at least once a year and more often if the door is painted. Any dirt on the door will abrade the paint and necessitate repainting more often than would otherwise be necessary.
How your door ages will depend in part on the materials that the door is made of. But if you are concerned about your door, let door experts evaluate what if anything is needed to fix your door and make it last longer. Most of the problems listed above require a trained eye for evaluation. This is our area of expertise, and if you in Greater Vancouver, call us at (604) 349-3667, and we can help you.
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If you have any questions about this article or need some help with your doors or windows, please call us at (604) 349-3667.