Is your storm door affecting your home’s curb appeal? If the paint is peeling or the wood is weathered, it’s time to address the issue. The storm door is a focal point in your home, covering the entrance. If the storm door looks bad, it sets the tone that the visitor can expect a neglected interior. But how do you make a storm door look good if it’s aesthetically unpleasing? Buying a new storm door can cost hundreds of dollars, plus there are installation fees. Fortunately, you can restore your steel or wooden storm door easily without removing it from the frame.
Save time and money on a professional repair or replacement, and make your storm door look good with the following tips.
If your storm door doesn’t close properly, start with the hardware. If your door doesn’t work properly, there’s no point in revamping its looks. Replace the door closer to ensure smooth movement when opening and closing the storm door.
Installing the door closer system yourself with basic tools and DIY knowledge is easy. Start with removing the old unit and remove the screws. You might have to drill them out if they’re stripped.
Your new door closer will come with a template in the packaging, allowing you to position the closer perfectly and avoid installing it skew. The template walks you through instructions for placing the new closer, ensuring its level, and attaches to the door and door jamb.
Check out your door closer options online. Some models stay open when you tap them with your foot while closing. Other doors allow you to control the closing speed to prevent slams and resist wind surges.
Depending on the manufacturing brand and the model’s functionality, you’ll pay anywhere from $20 to $150 for the door closer. A new door closer is an affordable upgrade that every homeowner should fit into their storm door.
If your door handles or other hardware look rusted or broken, replace them as required. Most hinges and other fixtures are easy to remove and recondition or replace on exterior doors.
Painting the door improves its aesthetics dramatically, especially if the paint is peeling or lifeless. You can paint the storm door a bold, bright color that attracts attention or a subtle color that blends with the other colors around your home’s exterior.
The first step is to prep the door. Sand the old paint away and smooth the surface. You don’t have to remove all the paint; just ensure the surface is flat and smooth before repainting.
Start with an 80-grit sandpaper and finish the door with a 120-grit.
When you paint, start with a primer, and let it dry for four hours before painting the final coats. We recommend going with one coat of primer and two coats of paint for the best results with your project.
If you’re using spray paint, tape off the surrounding door frame and area to prevent overspray. Spray paint dries much faster than traditional brush paints. So, you’ll save time and get a great finish.
Remember to hold the spray can at the correct distance from the surface when spraying. Look on the side of the can and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. After you finish with the second coat, improve the longevity of the paint by spraying a clear sealant coat.
If you feel like being creative, add some additional design attributes to the door. You could add wooden or steel decorations or replace the screen if it’s worn. Or you could paint the gate black and accent it with gold spray paint to create a sophisticated look.
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