How to Protect Your Exterior Doors

When it comes to maintaining your doors and extending their lifespan, a major factor is the protection. There are several factors to be considered including climate, exposure and even colour choice to choose the right protection method for your exterior door.

The type of your exterior door also determines the way it weathers over time. Wood doors, for instance, are much more susceptible to weather conditions than steel or fibreglass doors.

Here are some great tips and guidelines to consider for the protection of your doors:

Overhangs
appropriate_protection_overhangAlthough it is recommended for all types of doors, it is even more crucial for wood doors to have overhangs that protect them. Jeld-Wen has a very easy and simple formula to follow when deciding on the length of an overhang. As a general rule, the length of an overhang should be about half the length from the base of the door to the bottom of the overhang. (Y=1/2X as shown in the illustration)

Colour Choice
As it is the case with most other surfaces, doors with darker colour absorb more heat than doors with light colour. This effect intensifies in extreme weather conditions we experience in Canada where exterior face of a door can reach up to 50 degrees in summer time. These temperatures can cause damage to your door such as finish deterioration and colour fading. Extreme heat and cold can also cause warping, sticking and other issues with the door. For these reasons, lighter colours may help reflect the heat and slow down heat build-up in hot climates.

Storm Doors
Canada has some harsh winters. Rain, wind and storm conditions can be hard on your exterior doors and reduce your home’s energy efficiency. Storm doors provide additional protection in severe winter conditions by sheltering your exterior doors from the damaging effects of winter. In hot climates, however, it may not be a good idea to install storm doors, as the heat build up between the two doors can have damaging effects such as warping, wood joint separation and colour fading.