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Front door refinishing

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You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, or so the saying goes. One of the first things people will see when they come to your house is your front door. While your yard and home’s exterior are a large part of the overall picture, it’s the intimacy of the front door (knocking on it, being so close, and it is the focal point while you wait for the knock to be answered) that sets the tone for visitors to your home. Having a well-maintained door and front entry way are very important when trying to sell your home.
Many homes have a combination of glass and wood on their front door. The wood can get that “weathered” appearance after years in the sun and heat of Texas. One of the easiest ways to spruce up your existing door is to have it professionally refinished. There are many companies in the area that provide this service, so shop around to get the best price. You’ll want to look for a company that has a solid reputation and can perform the service quickly – ideally it should not take longer than a half-day. Ask if they will put up a temporary door or some sort of tarp to block the elements and nature from entering your house during the refinishing process.
Most companies will perform the work right in your driveway. They will begin by removing the door from the frame, then removing the hardware. Then, they will use a sander to remove the old finish and possibly scrapers to reach into corners. Next, a brush or vacuum will remove any dust or debris that could mar the new finish. Then, the edges will be sealed and the door rehung. Finally, sealant will be applied to the face of the door.
It is important to note that some companies will use a pre-conditioner before applying the finish, while some will use finish and then sealant. Others use a four step process. It all depends on how much you’re willing to spend and which company you choose.
A front door is an integral characteristic to a home. It can set the tone for a welcoming environment or give off a “stay out” vibe. Maintaining the wood surface of your door can give it an immediate “face lift” for a small cost.