If you want to get your money’s worth from your wood garage door, you have to make sure the door is properly maintained. Wood is a material that needs plenty of care and attention. If you keep a close eye on your door, you’ll know when something is wrong, and you can address problems early on before they grow into larger issues. Here’s what you can do to stay on top of maintenance for your wood garage door.
Check Your Finish for Blemishes
Water is the primary threat to any wood garage door. If your finish has a crack in it, water can get inside and ruin your door. Make sure you regularly check the wood grain, seeing if there are any blemishes. Another risk to your garage door is regular use. As you continue using your door, it will start to crack the finish or paint of the wood. Apply a new finish the moment you start seeing the old one fracture.
Regularly Re-Apply Stain
You should apply stain or paint at regular intervals. Before you start, however, make sure you gently clean the door. If you try using a pressure washer to clean your wood garage door, it will end up causing your door damage. If you have any lingering paint, use a brush and gently scrub it off with water. If you cause any damage this way, you can repair the damage done to your surface with some wood filler or caulk. After the door has been prepped, you can get to painting.
Keep an Eye on the Interior Side
Not everything about your wood garage door takes place on the outside. The interior is often overlooked during garage door maintenance. While the interior of the door doesn’t take damage from the weather, it still warrants your attention. Your interior should have weatherproof staining that is the same as the exterior. Unfinished weatherproof stains can result in your exterior having problems.
What Finish is Recommended?
Bright, vibrant colors can bring your wood garage door to life. However, these colors reveal dirt more easily and will need more upkeep to stay in good condition. Paint will eventually chip, and oil stains stick to garage doors longer. Paint works on surfaces, and oil-based stains will penetrate inside of the wood to give additional protection. Whatever option you choose, try to go with a color scheme that complements the rest of your home.
Let First Choice Garage Doors Find The Right Door For You
Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.