There are multiple reasons as to why your door might need to be refreshed. Primarily, it will ensure that it stays looking as good as possible. Also, it will help make your home more appealing, increasing your property’s value, if you even decide to sell. However, over time, the colour of wooden doors can fade. As a result, some people tend to replace their doors. Thankfully, it’s quick and easy to renew your wooden door. Doing this will save you a lot of money. Let’s look at how this process works.

Renewing the wooden door

There a few simple steps to renew your wooden door. First, remove it from its hinges and lay it flat on sawhorses. Remove any doorknobs or locks to allow yourself to focus on the door. Subsequently, you can sand the door and apply a new coat of varnish. This will make the door look younger; it will also help protect the wood. To ensure that you get the best results you should apply multiple coats of varnish to the wood. Finally, re-attach the knobs and locking system and re-hang the door. Once this has been completed, your door should be looking renewed. There a few things you can do to ensure that it will stay looking great for a long time.

Maintaining the door’s good condition

Georgian-inspired house with two adjacent front doors coloured blue (left) and red (right) with sash windows

One of the best ways to keep your wooden door looking young is through regular maintenance. For example, you can regularly check for any moisture on the door. If moisture gets into the wood, it can damage the door. Mould can build up in the moist patches, which will rot the frame, causing the wood to blister. It can be a long expensive process to correct this type of extensive damage. You should also check for areas that might be scratched or cracked. If the varnish is damaged, these areas won’t be protected. Often, you can repair these sections quickly by applying another coat of varnish to cover any cracked surfaces. Another key area to check is the hinges.

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The door hinges control how smoothly the door opens and shuts. For this reason, you should make sure that the hinges are in good condition. If you have to apply too much pressure to open the door, there is a chance that you will damage it. Thankfully, this problem can easily be resolved by applying a lubricant on the hinges. You should also make sure that no dirt or dust has built up inside the locks. This may make your door hard to lock, which can compromise the security of your home. A high-pressure blast of air should be able to clean the lock system.

Over time, your doors will fade, losing their original colour. This can make your doors look old. We discussed how you can renew the doors yourself. We also looked at how you can maintain them to keep them looking amazing for a longer time. So, improve the way your wooden doors look today by implementing some of these simple tips.

Pieter Boyce - Wooden Window and door specialist

Pieter Boyce
Wooden Window and Door Specialist

This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.