Don't Overlook The Front Door Of A Home

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that "every wall is a door."

He obviously had used my front door at some point in his lifetime.

You see, I have a front door that requires a weight lifter to open.

Michelle and I recently purchased a home that was built in the 1930s, and among the many renovations that are needed includes a front door that does not like to open.

I have learned quite a bit recently about this first-impression-eye-drawing-money-trap that I would like to share with you.

Find A Front Door Expert

So who do you turn to when you need some home building advice about your front door? I turned to the expert of everything (Google) and found these quick door tips:

  • Knowledge of 'what is' does not open the door directly to 'what should be' -Albert Einstein
  • The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence -Confucius
  • When one door is closed, don't you know, another is open -Bob Marley
  • Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open -Alexander Graham Bell
  • Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door -Coco Chanel
  • I see a red door and I want it painted black. No colors anymore I want them to turn black -Mick Jagger
  • I have been a contractor for 24 years and I have never stained my own front door, and for good reason -Lenny Brantley

Those last two quotes will be the most helpful in my case.

Front Door Advice

Front DoorWhen it comes to building a home, renovating a home, or quite frankly anything that would require any level of home construction, I typically call Lenny Brantley, of Brantley Custom Homes, to pick his brain. He's easy to talk to and I can usually find some good advice worth sharing.

I told Lenny about the problems that I was having with my front door, and he came to take a look.

Apparently, it's the original front door of the home, and it was custom built (meaning not a standard size).

The reason that it is so hard to open is that it has swelled a good bit due to the humidity, and one of the hinges (that are older than me) has slipped a little, pushing the door out of alignment.

My front door faces due South, so it gets a lot of Florida sunshine. Sometime in the past, somebody chose to stain the door, and that decision (without the required maintenance follow-up) is likely the reason it is so hard to open.

So what does Lenny Brantley advise (in general) for maintaining a front door? Here's what he had to say:

I am a huge fan of a stained front door, the beauty of the wood, the simplicity of finding a stain that matches the home, and the historical beauty of a stained front door finished correctly. I personally use a marine grade varnish with a high U.V. value, but unfortunately I have found over the years that is not enough. If your door receives a large amount of sunlight or water, no matter what you do it will never be enough. Think of a boat and how much work stained wood needs, your front door is in the same situation.

This is why I recommend you paint your door with a U.V. blocking paint. Not only is the door less expensive but it will last longer and not need as much maintenance year over year. To give you an example, a painted door only needs little sanding and sealing to maintain, versus a stained door which will have to be sanded back to original wood before any work can be done. All the sanding will change the look of the door over a period of time as it loses its edges and trim, and ultimately lead to it needing to be replaced.

Don't Forget The Rolling Stones

The final quote listed above from Mick Jagger was there for Michelle.

She has always wanted a red door and I figured she would want to paint our front door red. But just the other day she declared it would be black ...

Hopefully, when you come by our home in Tallahassee in the very near future, you will see a front door (painted black) that is very easy to open.

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