A beautiful custom wood door on your home, barn, stable, or outbuilding welcomes all who enter with stunning craftsmanship and detail. To preserve it for generations to come, only a few simple checks and actions are required.

  1. Regular Cleaning: This is the easiest, but possibly most important, step. With a soft, lint-free cloth or a gentle brush, remove dirt and dust from the surface of the exterior — no abrasive materials or harsh chemicals are needed. Follow with a damp cloth to wipe away any debris dislodged and to get into fine spaces, and the door’s natural beauty or stain will shine once again.
  2. Sealing or Staining: Ensure that your door is adequately sealed or stained to provide an extra layer of protection against moisture, insects, and UV rays. This is especially important for doors directly exposed to the elements.
  3. Reapplying Finish: If your exterior wood door has a finish such as varnish, stain, or paint, it will need to be reapplied periodically to maintain its protective properties. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the specific finish used.
  4. Moisture Protection: Installing an overhang or canopy to shield the door from direct exposure to rain or snow can prevent many problems while providing protection from UV rays, as well.
  5. Inspecting for Damage: Periodically check the door for any signs of damage, such as cracks or warping. Pay particular attention to areas where accidental kicks or other impacts may have hit, such as the bottom of the door or near the knob.
  6. Promptly Addressing Rot or Decay: In the event you notice any signs of rot or decay, it’s crucial to take action quickly. Contact Vintage Millworks or another qualified wood specialist to remove the affected areas, treat the wood, and make any necessary repairs or replacements to prevent further deterioration.
  7. Hardware Lubrication: Hinges, handles, and locks on exterior wood doors should be lubricated periodically to ensure smooth operation. Use a silicone-based lubricant for best results.
  8. Adjusting Hinges and Latches: Over time, hinges and latches on exterior doors may become misaligned due to weathering. If the door starts to stick or not close properly, adjust the hinges or strike plate as needed.
  9. Scratch and Dent Prevention: Exercise caution when moving objects near the door to avoid causing scratches or dents. Consider using doorstops to prevent the door from swinging open too forcefully.
  10. Weather Stripping Maintenance: Ensure that any weather stripping or seals around the door are intact and providing a proper seal to prevent drafts and moisture from entering.

Your exterior wooden door will provide years of beauty and utility when looked after properly. With just a few quick checks, you’ll be able to determine if it’s time to clean, reapply stain, or call in an expert to maintain the natural glory of your wood entryway. If you have questions about your wood doors or if you’re ready to add a custom wooden door to your property, contact Vintage Millwork today and let’s get a conversation started.