We try to stress this to all Hume customers but sadly we see far too many DIYers miss this crucial step. Sometimes people forget to seal their doors due to a rushed build or project and others simply aren’t aware of the need to seal every surface of any new door – all four sides and both faces. Even products like our Pre Hung Interior need to be sealed before installation.
Why seal your new door?
Our products are made with natural timber, a material greatly affected by moisture, extreme weather and changes in the environment. Neglecting to seal your new door leaves it open to the possibility of cracking, warping or even rotting.
An unsealed door stands no chance against the elements and is almost guaranteed a short lifespan. Trials have shown timber primed and protected by the method laid out in the distributor’s instructions outlast and perform better than those sealed inadequately.
Doors that have been sealed or primed also tend to hold on to their paint or stain better, ensuring your product stays looking great and you get value for money from your paint!
Sealing a door
The first step is to ensure you’re working with the door product alone. If you’ve attached hinges, locks or any other accessories, they need to be removed.
All surfaces should be covered – no matter what! It’s important the top, bottom and sides of the door receive the same attention as the door faces – you should stay consistent and apply the same number of coats to all.
Door maintenance is necessary for long term performance and we recommend regular inspections. At the first sign of deterioration, your door needs to be refinished, making sure all surfaces receive a proper resealing and repainting.
Regularly cleaning your door with a soft cloth is also beneficial, just remember not to use any harsh chemicals or solvents.
For more information on door seals, or to discuss the sealing process, get in touch with our friendly team today.