At BDS Doors, we specialise in the manufacture, supply and fitting of timber doors, fire doors, French doors and external and internal oak doors. With over 40 years of combined experience, our personnel know what it takes to make quality doors, and how to take care of them so they last as long as possible. While uPVC and composite front doors may not require much aftercare, we recommend performing annual checks on wooden front doors to ensure they maintain their appearance and ability to keep your home warm.
External doors made of wood are hard-wearing, solid and offer a natural aesthetic that’s difficult to beat. However, it is important to know what signs to look for to keep them looking at their best all year round.
Thanks to our expertise in timber doors, external and internal oak doors, and French doors, we have compiled a checklist to help customers in Leeds take care of their wooden front doors.
Check for Leaks
It is essential that any entry door to your property is weathertight at all times. Fortunately, it is very easy to tell if it’s not. If your door lets in water when it rains, you’ll notice stains around the door and may even be able to feel dampness.
Does it Require Re-Finishing?
While internal oak doors, for example, will not suffer from weather damage, wooden front doors and external timber doors may start to show signs of wear and tear. Take a good look at the door and the frame. If you see cracks in the wood, you may want to apply a fresh coat of varnish.
If, however, you have painted the front door of your property in Leeds, then peeling or flaking paintwork is a tell-tale sign that you need to re-coat.
Do the Locks Still Work?
If your key is starting to stick in the door and the lock action is not as easy as it used to be, it may be a sign that the alignment of the door is wrong. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to check if this is the case. Simply test your key when the door is open. If it turns easily then the problem is with the door. If the key still sticks, you may just need to lubricate the lock.
Does it Shut Properly?
There are several reasons why internal oak doors or timber doors might start to drag or stick when you open and close them. If you didn’t fix the hinges properly, the door may have dropped, or perhaps you recently installed a new thicker carpet. If the same happens with wooden front doors, however, this could be an indicator that moisture has seeped into the wood and caused it to warp.
You will notice the problem is worse during bad weather, as the door will swell when wet and shrink again when dry.
If the front door of your house in Leeds has warped, you may need to replace it. However, by performing regular checks on wooden front doors, you can prevent this problem from occurring.
Check around the door for sizeable gaps, which may indicate that the weather seals are starting to wear down. This leads to moisture seeping into the wood. If your weather seals have worn down, replace them sooner rather than later to save you the cost and hassle of buying a new door.