All too frequently, exterior doors become a frustrating maintenance issue for homeowners with constant reapplication of clear finishes every few years.
Many pros recommend that the way to “beat” the maintenance conundrum is to apply multiple coats of their recommended product. We disagree.
Their approach is flawed because their methodology doesn’t recognize, acknowledge, or accommodate the real reasons why exterior door finishes fail prematurely.
The single biggest reason why exterior doors fail prematurely is not addressing the movement which occurs from the door components in the door construction itself.
The single biggest reason for exterior door finishes failing prematurely is movement from the door construction itself. Over the course of a door’s expected service life, the multiple components of the door – the exterior frames & interior frame parts move. The decorative inset panels, whether simple or ornate are engineered to float within these frames.
So, controlling movement of the door construction will greatly add to the longevity of the exterior door’s service life – not multiple finish coats.
What aggravates door movement is vapor transmission. All doors swell & shrink during the course of a year. Ever notice that your door can get “sticky” or “tight” during winter months – but swing freely during summer months?
Using an exterior grade coloring system only makes sense. Typically, where issues arise with premature color failure – the culprit is almost always the inclusion of interior grade colorants in the custom color matching process.
Exterior door stain color options are more limited in range than interior stain colors which do not need to address the issues of color stability based on UV exposure.
So, if you are interested in a custom color for your exterior door – make sure that only exterior grade colorants are used. This is very important because very few shops stock exterior grade colorants in their repertoire – so if you really have a strong desire for a specific stain color – ask follow up questions about their colorant system to avoid premature color fading on your door.
We have taken all the above mentioned issues into consideration in developing an exterior door finish system. We have tested, evaluated, and analyzed our results so that we can provide our customers with optimal longevity when we refinish their exterior doors.
If you are in the market to have your exterior door refinished – and are experiencing the clear finish chipping off or peeling, or if you have a door and the color has faded badly – better give us a call. We’ll refinish your door, and apply our finishing system which address the issues of movement, vapor transmission, and UV resistance.