Friday, August 28, 2009

Exterior Door Replacement

Exterior doors that are exposed to the weather can be damaged quickly if not protected.

This door was painted, yet was damaged from the rains. Why? Well, I can think of several reasons.

1. The door was not properly primed before painting. All the surfaces, including the top and bottom of the door should be primed before painting. An oil-based primer is best.
2. Water needed to be diverted away from the door. This door was at the end of the gutter, when the downspout was clogged, water cascaded over the top and on to the door.
3. Maintenance. At the first sign of loose paint, swelling, discoloration, etc. the problem should be addressed. Fixing some loose paint, or checking for door swelling can allow a problem to be corrected early. Correcting a door problem early can at years to the life of the door.

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