Entry doors can experience a slew of elements from mother nature – wind, rain, and bright sun. Wood doors specifically can suffer a lot of damage from them, such as cracking, distortion, and deterioration. If this has ever happened to you, then wood door refinishing is something you may be familiar with.
Whether you choose to outsource to a professional or take on the DIY project on your own, there are a few things to know about wood door refinishing before you get started:
1. Cost – if you decide to refinish your door yourself, take the cost of materials into account. A typical DIY refinishing averages around $200. If you have a professional refinish the door for you, remember to calculate their labor into the overall cost. Depending on your location, professional wood door refinishing can cost upwards of $500 per door.
2. Time – it can take anywhere from one to three days to get a wood door refinished. Because of the need to take the door off its hinges, you’ll need to cover the empty door opening while the project is in progress. If you don’t have a storm door to protect the door space, you can cut out a large piece of plywood to take its place until the door is ready to be re-installed.
3. Upkeep – a wood door that is exposed to nature’s elements will have to be refinished more often than one that is less likely to be experiencing frequent damage. You can expect to refinish your wood door every 3-5 years.
If frequent wood door refinishing sounds tedious to you, another option is to invest in a wrought iron entry door. Maintenance is far less with no need for refinishing, meaning more money saved in your pockets. Clark Hall offers fully custom entry doors that can be made to perfectly suit your home. While the initial cost may seem daunting, it will last for years to come with minimal maintenance needed.