The front door of a house is the one obstacle standing between the inside of your home and the outside world. This means that it has to be tough and it needs to be able to withstand the harsh wrath of mother nature. An entry door is built to last, but it also runs into its own set of common problems.
Physical Damage – Dents, dings, and holes can be repaired on both wooden and steel entry doors. For wooden doors, you can patch the holes with a wood filler or putty. Scrape the excess material off of the door and let dry. Once dry, begin to sand the door until smooth and begin painting. For metal doors be sure to sand the door down first, then proceed to repair using an auto filler.
Lack of Lubrication – The house in a scary movie is always going to have a squeaky front door. Don’t let your door mimic those run-down relics, so take the time to lubricate the hinges. Before lubrication, scour the hinge and pin with a piece of steel wool. Then proceed to lightly oil each door hinge.
Clean It Up – If your entry door takes an abnormal amount of arm strength to open and close, you may need to clean your door. Clean all of the dirt and grime around the edges of the door on all sides. In case the cleaning doesn’t solve your sticking problem, sand the edges of the door to allow for a cleaner fit in the doorway.
Feeling the Breeze – A cold sensation should not be experienced while the entry door is closed. Check to make sure that the door is properly sealed and if it needs an additional layer of caulk. Installing new weatherstripping or weatherboards will also cut down on the indoor drafts. A door that is not properly fitted could result in high utility bills and damage to your heating system.
The front door is bound to experience some wear and tear since it is used frequently and half of it is outside. Knowing the common problems an entry door can experience can help you maintain it in the future. If your front door has seen better days and it’s time for a new one, give the pros at Preferred Exterior a call. Schedule an appointment online or by calling (516) 354-7252.