As promised here is a some info on finishing a new, exterior, timber door. Understanding the importance of using the correct products and techniques for treating a timber door will both enhance it and give you better value and visual pleasure for years to come. Please refer to our Door Finishing section for products and more info.
The vast choice of styles, timbers available and the design proportions of timber doors makes them a good choice. Timber doors can be chosen to compliment a variety of properties and the additional security they bring is a bonus.
A few property owners shy away from choosing timber, nevertheless these doors are still very popular, as our many customers prove. So, why does choosing a timber door sometimes cause concern? Generally it is the uncertainty surrounding how to finish and maintain the door. As with every natural product the initial care and attention is crucial. The quality of the treatment given to an unfinished door, prior to fitting, with the additional periodic maintenance will allow it to look good for many years.
Most timber doors are engineered, which means that the construction has an inner core using a variety of timber sections which are laminated or bonded then given a substantial veneer and any additional decorative beading if the style requires. This modern construction technique produces a stable, strong product and alleviates warping which often occurs if a solid piece of timber is used. However, a good finish is of paramount importance.
Before you apply your chosen finish it is very important to give the door a light sand in the direction of the grain, check for any snags or raised grain areas, remember this is a natural product and some attention will be required. The doors should be prepared for hanging with adjustments to size made, cut outs for locks and hinges, then offered into the door opening prior to finishing. Make sure the door is dust free before proceeding. It is very important to treat all areas with the same amount of coats such as the top, bottom and cut outs to prevent moisture ingress. We recommend that the door be laid flat while being treated as this allows for a substantial coating of every layer and of course prevents any runs.
If you have chosen a red hardwood door then you are probably intending to either stain/varnish it in a darker hue or paint it in a solid colour. If you have an veneered oak door it is also best to use a stain with a tint which contains a product to help prevent UV light deterioration. We recommend you use a solvent-based varnish or paint which must be “micro-porous” (breathable). It is important that the amount of base coats and corresponding top coats are used as directed without taking any short cuts. Please give our sales team a ring if you require more information on products. Happy Finishing!!!