The wooden entrance door is part of the story, as well as giving a timeless look to your home. In solid wood or wood veneer, it comes in a variety of species, gaits or finishes. Prioritize a wood species with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal or Forest Certification Recognition Program (PEFC) whose timber comes from responsibly managed forests. The use for the front doors comes up perfect here.
On the other hand, the wooden door tends to warp which impairs the waterproofness of the house and requires more maintenance than other types of doors. Although most wooden doors are treated with insecticides, fungicides and water repellents, annual maintenance is preferable. Check for air leaks or water infiltration. Note, painting your woodwork with a lighter color helps to avoid the expansion of the wooden frame.
- The different species of wood for the entrance doors are: Eastern Cedar, Red Cedar, Oak, Pine, Douglas Fir and exotic woods. Eastern Cedar, or white cedar, is rot-resistant, is affordable, but contains knots that can yield and split the wood. Red Cedar, or western cedar, is more expensive and more resilient. Oak is resistant. Pine and Douglas Fir are still used and require a lot of maintenance. Teak, Mahogany and Wenge are dense, hard and very stable.
The Color Change
To change the color of a wooden door, sand lightly, remove dust and apply a coat of finish. If you change the color completely, apply two coats of primer before applying the color of your choice, as well as a good varnish.
Whatever the model and the entrance door material you have chosen, consult a professional to install it to make sure it is safe and keeps your home watertight . While to replace it, you can do it yourself if you are sure to be able to pose it in full compliance with these two essential criteria. The steps are as follows:
- Remove the door by unscrewing the hinges from bottom to top and at the last screw, chock your door to prevent it from falling.
- Remove the interior framing by locating the location of the doorbell wire , wires, and contacts on your alarm system so you do not cut them.
Cut the frame of your door using a reciprocating saw or a reciprocating saw with a combined blade of iron and wood. Cut the side of the doorbell then the opposite side at the same height. Remove the bottom, side and top framing with a presser foot or flat bar.