You want to ensure your front door is always looking its best. Naturally, you keep it clean and shiny, and quickly schedule repairs to the locks, frame, glass or the door itself. A good-looking entry door increases your customers’ confidence, and can draw in business if it looks appealing and well maintained.

But some damages to front doors are bound to occur, and all too often those damages happen due to design flaws of the front door system.

Foreign Objects

Container plants may brighten the entranceway but they can also damage your door. Make sure when placing containers the door has plenty of room to swing freely without encountering the container. If the container is large and heavy and isn’t likely to be moved inside at night, secure it so that vandals aren’t tempted to try to damage your door with it. This also goes for hanging baskets and other entryway décor.

Doors Misaligned

Misaligned doors usually result from sloppy installation, although over time, foundations can shift, screws can come out and hinges may come loose, causing the doors to be misaligned. First, check for the reason doors are misaligned and have it corrected. If you don’t, doors can stick in the frame, becoming chipped and causing other damage. Misaligned doors may also facilitate break-ins.

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping wears out over time. It should checked and replaced as needed. Weatherstripping not only prevents moisture and unconditioned air from infiltrating the interior, but can also help protect the door and frame from moisture.

Rust, Dents or Dings

Depending on the material the door is made of, check periodically for rust and dents (for steel doors), dents (for aluminum doors), scratches and dings for any of them. You may need to repaint, sand, buff or otherwise repair the unsightly encounters between your door and the world at large.

Narrow Entrance

If you have a narrow entrance and your door is likely to encounter a wall when opening, install a door bumper to absorb the impact, particularly if you have a glass door.

Call your door installation specialist for periodic maintenance and more advice on how to keep your entryway door shipshape.