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Avoiding Sun Damage on Your Wooden Door

As summer’s hot sun beats down on front doors across the country, it’s a good time to consider ways to protect your wooden door from UV rays and that direct heat. Remember that any exterior door that faces to the west is most susceptible to sun damage so we recommend you start there. This may be your front door, your patio door, or a side door. Either way, you can protect your wood doors by following these tips.

If it’s already faded then refinish it

If your wooden door faded in previous years, then you’ll need to start by refinishing it. Begin with sanding it to get rid of the finish that’s leftover, then use several coats of your favorite exterior varnish – just make sure that it includes UV protection. If you want to paint the door a different color, just remember that the pain you choose should be a high-quality exterior paint. If you try to use a clear finish, UV rays will be able to more easily penetrate the wood than if you use a pigmented paint.

Steps you can take to protect your door

To increase the lifespan of your exterior door, try to create a shaded area that can actually protect the door from being in the sun for long periods of time. You can do this by adding landscaping, you can do this by planting trees, or you can add an awning or canopy above your door. This helps not only block the sun and prevent sun damage, but can help cool your home as well.

Wooden doors require a lot of upkeep – is it time to replace it entirely?

As you’re looking for ways to protect your door for the future, or to take care of damage that’s already happened, make sure you’re also seriously considering getting new exterior doors. At Charles Window, we can offer incredible vinyl doors that aren’t as affected by the sun, are completely water proof, and that can actually help lower your utility bills.

If you’d like to know more about these replacement doors, or replacing your windows, just reach out to Charles Window. You can stop by our incredible, award-winning showroom to see our products at work or we can come to your home for a free in-home consultation. Either way, we look forward to helping you improve the interior and exterior of your home.