Q: My front entry door is looking dull and I’ve been thinking about painting it. Any advice on the pitfalls of painting?

A: A dull and dated entry door can certainly drag down your home’s curb appeal. Homeowners often wrestle with whether or not to paint their front entry door or replace it all together. Painting your front entry door can certainly make a difference, but there are both pros and cons to this approach.

Here are a few things to consider before picking up your paint brush:

Painting Pro: A New Coat of Paint is Quick and Cheap

If you don’t have the money for a new energy efficient front entry door, painting may be a temporary option for you. You can typically upgrade your old door with a fresh coat of paint (and probably primer) for under $100, providing you have all the tools to paint and prepare your door before painting.

Painting Con: Painting Your Door Can Void Your Warranty

If your door is still relatively new, but you want to change the color, you might want to take a closer look at your warranty. Some manufacturers will void your warranty if you decide to upgrade your door with a fresh coat of paint. This means that any damage will come out of your pocket after the first stroke of paint is applied.

Painting Pro: Paint is Easier than Staining and Sealing

If you aren’t trying to achieve the look of natural wood on your front door, paint can be the perfect pick-me-up that you need. Painting is an easier way of upgrading your entry door over staining it—which generally requires more time and possibly a layer of protective sealant to help prevent damage from water. If you’ve decided against both of these options, you can opt for a new energy efficient fiberglass door with a realistic woodgrain appearance and a warranty against fading (your door will look brand new year after year!).

Painting Con: A Coat of Paint Won’t Enhance Your Door’s Performance

If your door is outdated, a few coats of paint can make it look better. Unfortunately, paint won’t help you achieve much of anything when it comes to improving the efficiency of your door. Today, top rated fiberglass front entry doors, such as those from ProVia, are extremely energy efficient and much more efficient than old wood and aluminum doors.

Painting Con: Prep Work is a Must Before Painting an Entry Door

Although it might be tempting to just throw a coat of paint on your front door, prep work is a must to achieve the best results.  It is recommended that you remove the hardware from the door before beginning. If you have an old wood door or previously painted door, it is likely you will have to sand the door first. Next you will want to wipe the door down and then prime it before painting. As you can see this is a multi-step process and one that you should not rush through.

We hope you’ve found some helpful information as you decide whether or not to paint your front entry door. Perhaps painting your front entry door is the right solution for you right now. To the contrary, if you’ve found that your front entry door is underperforming, drafty, rotting, sticking in the frame or has other problems, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Coastal Windows  & Exteriors. We carry the most energy efficient doors in the industry and can customize any range of styles with or without glass. In addition, we are confident our doors can start saving you money! Call us today at 978-304-0495 or you can email Stephanie at svanderbilt@mycoastalwindows.com.