Tough Winter for Exterior Wood Doors

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Scheduled Maintenence, Second Slider with 0 Comments

When Mahogany Turns Yellow

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Check this one out. It is a beautiful, and just two year old, mahogany entry door to a sweet three season porch. It was a tough winter for exterior wood doors here in Vermont. Lots of snow piled up against the door and froze, and then the sun baked the bejeebers right out of it for a couple of months.

That is enough exposure to make even a hardy wood turn sour.

If that wasn’t evil enough, two more mahogany doors about ten feet away went through the same ordeal at the entry to the home. If left alone, all three of these doors would go from the unsightly yellowish gold to various undesirable shades of gray and black. Stiles and rails slowly start to cup, joints open, and the end is near. That is how doors fall apart over time.

We can’t have that. Mahogany doors are supposed to pop with stately reddish/brown tones. This is what we call “win-win”. We enjoy, and are very good at, making doors like this happy again. Most importantly, our customers enjoy the experience and the results.

We do this level of work efficiently and in the least intrusive way. We didn’t even have to remove these doors from the hinges. We prepped and refinished them hanging. And as always, the prep work was done with dust free Festool sanders, so all the grit and grime that comes off the door is captured in a vacuum before it can go airborne and land on anything.

Exterior wood doors are high maintenance, but maintenance doesn’t have to be an inconvenience.

It can actually be fun when done in the right way by the right people.



Scott Burt

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About the Author: Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. .


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