Winter is in full swing and yesterday was just another of these Denver, Colorado snow storms. All that snow that gets blown almost sideways and starts to pile up on your front door and windows is putting your exterior finishes to another test. Snow is testing your finish in 2 ways, first it’s obviously cold making the wood and finish contract. This might put the finish already under distress. When it starts to get warmer, the snow melts turning it into water which is the worst enemy for wood. Rising temperatures mean that the wood and finish also start to expend again. If this happens rapidly it can cause your finish to crack leaving it vulnerable to the melted snow. Wet wood can not only cause it to rot which eventually forces you to replace your windows it can also grow mold which can be very bad for your health. So, this is the time when homeowners should ask themselves if their exterior finish is still in good shape. Doesn’t matter if your doors and windows are stained or painted, a good seal and barrier is essential to protect your wood from penetrating moisture.
If you discovered that your windows or doors need some work, you might be out of luck because it requires certain temperatures to be able to apply a new finish. For paint that is an absolute minimum of 40 degrees and for refinishing a wooden entry door with high grade varnish it needs to be in the high 50’s preferably even warmer. Paint and varnishes are both evaporative finishes and if it’s to cold the solvent can not evaporate and cause the finish to not dry properly. Another aspect is that it is very difficult to achieve a nice flat finish without brush strokes because the finish doesn’t level very well and especially when it comes to restore a wooden front door, the varnish becomes almost a honey consistency making it impossible to spread.
So, now is the time to think about if your valuable investment in doors and windows is still protected by your old finish and maybe call for an early spring appointment before summer comes around and causes some more problems for your door. Don’t wait till last minute because spots are filling up fast and everybody likes to have a nice looking refinished wood door when they come to open it to let the BBQ party guest in.