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Maintaining and Repairing Entry Doors

Entry doors are sturdier, more resilient and far more suited to withstanding the elements than normal interior doors. They are able to withstand rain, wind, snow as well as the daily wear and tear of everyday. External entry doors should need replacing far less often than interior doors, they will however need cleaning or adjusting occasionally.

Keep in mind the material of your door, this will affect how you treat and care for it.

Over the course of the years, you may notice that your door starts sticking, or not closing as comfortably as it did when you first had it installed. Door frames can expand and contract in certain weathers, your house may have settled and you might have to make some small changes to get your door sitting plumb with the door frame again.

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Repairing a Sticking Entry Door

Getting the door to stop sticking when you open or close it is often as simple as cleaning up any build up from the top of the door and cleaning the hinges. Try tightening the hinges, and if that doesn't work you might need to take the door off the hinges and sand it. Of course, this won't be as easy with an external door as it will an internal door as they are made of far more robust materials.

Most entry doors will be constructed from metal and plastic, so sanding them down isn't an option. If this is the case, a builder will be able to advise you on how to best deal with your door.

How To Repaint An Entrance Door

If you have a wooden entrance door, it's easy and straightforward to repaint or restain your door. Even if your door is protected with a porch, it will still be susceptible to the elements and will need repainting and restaining. Decided whether or not you'll used oil based paint or acrylic based paint.

The first step of repainting your door is taking the door off it's hinges and placing it onto 2 saw horses or a bench – a flat surface will be suitable but make you it's a surface you don't mind getting any spillages on.

Remove any hardware from the door.

You'll need to sand the door with heavy duty 100 grit sandpaper. Sand this down to the bare wood and then go over the bare wood 150 grit sandpaper. Wipe off any excess dust and then sand with 220 grit sandpaper.

Once the door has been sanded and the dust cleaned from it, you'll have to apply the primer. You can choose to skip this step but preparing the door and giving the paint something to adhere to generally

gives better results. It also stops and oil – if you're using oil based paint- penetrating the surface of the door.

Once the primer has dried, you can begin painting the door. A recommended technique is to paint edges of the door first and then the panels, starting from the top and working downwards.

If you're simply staining the door, you'll need to follow the steps on sanding and then instead of using primer you can use the stainer.

Replace any hardware to the door and then rehang it.

The below video is great for any first time sanders:

You can also check our more detailed guide on how to paint external doors

How To Clean Your External Entry Door

It's always nice to have a well presented home. If you're planning on selling your house, then it's a good idea to make sure your front doors are tidy and well maintained, creating a warm and welcoming first impression.

If you have a PVC door, then cleaning it should be super simple and you'll need a bucket of warm soapy water and a sponge. Washing up liquid will do! Simply wash the door and dry with an old cloth or rag.

If you have a wooden front door, you might need to be gentler with how you chose to wash it – a wipe down with a damp cloth should do the trick. Having said that, exterior doors are designed to withstand the elements and frequently get rained on, so they should be robust and weatherproof enough to survive a washing down!

How To Polish Your Door Hardware

Depending on how much time you want to spend on this task, you can either remove the hardware completely or leave it on the door and polish it where it is.

Establish what the door hardware is made from, whether the door handle is brass, wood or copper – this will determine how you clean it. Large DIY shops will sell specific cleaner for each metal.

A popular method of cleaning brass is to use things you''ll find around your home. Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice with teaspoons of vinegar – mix into a gritty paste with baking soda. Rub onto the brass with a cloth and polish it until it is clean and shiny.

If you have a PVC door handle on your exterior door then you can wash it with warm, soapy water.

The below guide is a handy and simple to follow video:


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