So your storefront doors are made of wood. Whether your business is in an historic building, or you’re just going for a rustic, traditional look, wood doors take a lot more care than doors of other materials. So when your exterior wood door needs repaired and resurfaced, you want to make a choice that’s the best combination of attractive and protective. You’ve pretty much got two options: paint the door or refinish it with stain and a poly coating. If you’re stuck between the two and struggling to make a decision, here’s a rundown on the pros and cons of painting vs staining the exterior wood door on your storefront.

Painting Exterior Wood Doors: Pros and Cons

There are a couple pretty obvious advantages to painting your wooden storefront door: (1) it’s easy, and (2) it’s easy to change your mind and repaint it. Other advantages painting provides are that it’s inexpensive, and with tough paint specifically made for exterior wood doors, a good paint job will last a long time, resisting damage from the weather and the sun.
The disadvantages of paint are (1) colors are trendy: it might be cute now but look dated in five years, and (2) paint is easily damaged: any scratches are really noticeable, and paint peels and cracks as it ages.

Refinishing Exterior Wood Doors: Pros and Cons

The main advantage to staining your exterior wood door is the aesthetic. A beautifully-finished wood door that has a distinct grain pattern and warm glow makes your storefront inviting and timeless. Natural-looking wood has a high-end look and isn’t susceptible to style trends. Staining your storefront’s wood door has other advantages, though. A poly coat seals the surface of the wood, keeping water out of the wood pores. Nowadays, poly coats are made with UV-resistance as well. Not to mention, if you change your mind again, it’s much easier to paint a stained door that to strip a painted door in order to try and stain it.
The disadvantages to staining your exterior wood doors are pretty straightforward. It takes way more maintenance than paint, is more expensive both in the short and long-term, and there’s less a wide array of color and shade choices. Refinishing a door is a choice where you have to understand the regular maintenance needed to get a long life out of the door and keep it looking great.

Before You Choose How to Finish Your Exterior Wood Door…

Think about the style of your business storefront. Consider the type of business you have and what kind of experience you want for your customers. Then there’s the budget to think about, as well as a budget for future maintenance. Consider the vibe of the street your storefront sits on; you want to be unique, but you don’t want to stick out as the sore thumb on the block. Finally, don’t forget to consider the building itself. Is it an historic structure with a century or two of history? You should probably stick as close to the original look as possible. It might be helpful to make a pros and cons list that’s specific to your business. Still stuck after all this? Give Sac’s Doors a call and get an expert opinion or two.