Are you the proud owner of a beautiful wooden door? Owning a mahogany front door is totally worth the investment, however, if it is not properly taken care of it will not be worth it. Here at Bellini Mastercraft, we are here to make sure that you know all you need to know to make sure that your door is properly taken care of. Located in Florida, we are the best resource for you.
Maintenance and Care
Properly maintained exterior wood doors can be a beautiful addition to any home increasing not only its aesthetic appeal but its market value as well. Be sure to do the appropriate research to get it the care it needs. You do not want these doors to get destroyed.
It is important to perform an inspection of all six sides of the door at least once a year, and another few simple steps every couple of years as needed. It can help keep these doors in tip-top shape for the lifetime of a home. The maintenance procedure is basically the same whether the door has been painted or kept more natural looking and coated with a clear finish.
What To Look For On Your Wooden Door
Remember, nature is working against you. But that is okay if you take the proper measures. Environmental moisture, blowing dirt and sand, and intense sunlight will have an impact on a door’s finish and since the finish protects the wood, it’s important it remains in the best possible condition. Generally, exterior wood doors not protected by an overhang or porch will weather faster than a covered door. They should be inspected more often.
Large cracks in the finish, surface checks, and peeling paint are all obvious with a visual inspection. Their presence generally equates with restoration work. A raised wood grain with a dry rough feeling to the door also means the finish is beginning to fail and needs to be reapplied.
To check for moisture look for dark streaks in the wood under a clear finish, or a white haze to the finish. This means moisture is getting to the floor and the finish is failing.
Are You Finished Yet?
When you get the mahogany front door stripped, it must be clean of all dust and sanding residue with a clean cloth slightly damped with mineral spirits. You must allow the door to dry completely. If the door is to be repainted, a good quality exterior primer should be applied on all six sides. Once dry, the door can be recoated with exterior grade paint. Because dark colors absorb heat, light colors will often last longer.
If another finish is to be used, two or more coats of quality polyurethane with a UV inhibitor can be applied. Following all manufacturer’s directions is important.
There are many steps when it comes to care and maintenance for a wooden door. You want to ensure that you do it correctly. Here at Bellini Mastercraft, we are here to aid you in this process. We are experts when it comes to a mahogany front door. Call us today for more information, Florida.