Why You Should Refinish Your Door Before the Winter

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Even in relatively warmer regions like Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN, time is running out to tackle certain home renovations -- winter is coming. In particular, any project that involves your home’s exterior or requires the opening of doors and windows will have to wait until spring unless you take action between now and the finale of fall. Front door refinishing is one such project that shouldn’t be put off much longer unless you’re willing to wait until 2022. Of course, by the time spring rolls around, your mind might be focused on other things (i.e., spring cleaning).

Let’s explore the many reasons why you should refinish your door before winter sets in.

Reasons to Refinish Your Door Before Winter

Keep Your Home Warm and Safe During the Process

We went over how to refinish a door in a previous blog. The first major step in this process is removing the door from its hinges. While door removal isn’t always necessary for every refinishing job, it certainly makes for more accurate and efficient results. Consider how much easier it is to clean, sand, and coat a door when it can be laid on a flat surface away from the rest of your property. The issue with taking off your door, of course, is that your home’s interior will be temporarily unguarded from the environment. There are ways around this problem -- you can install an interim screen or plank of some kind to block off wind, pests, etc. Still, these makeshift solutions won’t offer much in the way of insulation or security. And when things get cold, snowy, and windy during winter, the last thing you’ll want is a large gap in your home. It’s simply more logical (and comfortable) to tackle this project while the outside air is still relatively warm.

Protect Your Interiors All Winter Long

The main reason people consider refinishing their front entry door is usually to enhance the door’s appearance. That said, a quality door refinishing job yields benefits beyond the aesthetic. Indeed, a deteriorating door doesn’t just look worse for the wear -- it’s also less sturdy. By refinishing your front door, you’re reviving its integrity as well as its appearance. As such, a refinished door is more secure and insulative, keeping your home better sealed through every season. If you’re looking for ways to prepare your home for the upcoming winter weather, then refinishing your front door prior to the cold season is a smart investment.

More Contractor Availability

You might also find it challenging (if not impossible) to hire reliable door refinishing experts during winter. Many residential exterior painters and other contractors put their operations on hold during winter due to harsh conditions and low demand. If you’d rather pick from a larger pool of candidates, then it’s a good idea to start your search sooner rather than later. You should have no problem finding a reputable local painting and/or door refinishing contractor during the fall, even towards the tail end of the season. When you have more options, you have more control and leverage over the project, so don’t wait too long to start looking.

More Time to Get it Right

If you’ve read our previous posts regarding the door refinishing process or done additional research on the topic, you’ll know that this renovation can take anywhere from a few days to a week depending on different factors. This timeframe might seem somewhat drawn out, but there’s a reason for it. For one thing, enough time must be allotted for proper drying of stain and/or paint. Beyond that, professionals who truly care about the quality of their work take their time at every stage of the project -- this isn’t to say that efficiency doesn’t matter, but rather that a proper door refinishing job requires attention to detail and a fair bit of patience. The more time available, then, the better. But while winter often seems to last forever, this season doesn’t offer a lot of daylight or leeway when it comes to weather conditions. Getting this job done before winter grants contractors more time to get the job done right so you can enjoy the best results possible.

Stay Ahead of the Market by Increasing Curb Appeal

If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, you’re probably already thinking of ways to make your house exterior more attractive. Refinishing your front door is a great way to boost your property’s curb appeal. It’s worth noting that most interested buyers won’t be looking too hard during the winter. That said, they’ll certainly start once things start warming up again. So, if you tackle your door refinishing project before winter, your home’s curb appeal will already be one step ahead of the competition the second prospective buyers begin searching again. You could always wait until spring to get this done, but you might find it harder to get a good deal at this busy time -- plus, you might miss out on some interested buyers as you work on this renovation.

Prevent Future Problems

Even if you do a good job of protecting your front entry door with storm doors, this feature must endure its fair share of environmental threats. Sunlight is perhaps the biggest enemy of all for your front door, causing its paint job to fade and peel over time. Some of this deterioration is inevitable, but the more you can do to mitigate these concerns, the better. And with winter just around the corner, you want your front door to be as protected as possible so you don’t have to worry about expensive repairs or replacements in the future. Indeed, while the cost to refinish a front door might seem steep at first, it’s often much less than the long-term cost incurred by letting your door fall apart. Tackling this project before winter will set your front door up for success, saving you time and money down the line.

Shut the Door on Winter’s Wrath

There’s no telling what this winter will hold for Nashville, TN and surrounding areas. Still, it’s always best to prepare for the worst, which is why it’s a great idea to have your front door refinished in the coming weeks rather than waiting. At Nash Painting, our team of experts works efficiently and will do whatever they can to meet your scheduling needs and exceed your expectations. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!