Residential & Commercial Doors
Homeowner's Entrance Door Care Manual
First, a word about wood. Your door was once a living tree, taking moisture and nourishment from the earth and carrying them to the uppermost branches and leaves. Sap flows through the porous fiber of the wood. After the logs are cut at the sawmill, 50% to 60% of the water contained in the wood is removed through an air drying process. Finally, through a carefully controlled heated kiln process, the residual moisture level is reduced to only 8%. The water is removed through the wood pores, which remain open until properly sealed and finished.
Accordingly, proper finishing and maintenance of the finish is most important. It protects the wood from reabsorbing moisture, or further drying which causes cracking and hairline splits. It's best to compare your door to a fine piece of furniture which does require frequent dusting and, after a period of time, a new finish.
Sunlight is an enemy of dry wood, since heat and ultraviolet light cause gradual wood deterioration. For this reason penetrating stains, sealers, and ultraviolet resistant exterior finish must be applied to protect the wood against the elements, as well as to bring out the natural beauty of wood grain.
CR Doors does not warrant performances of any finishes or finish materials applied by others. The following suggestions are offered as a guide to your selection and use of finish materials. However, we highly recommend you consult with your painting contractor or local dealer. They know what over the counter materials should give optimum performance within your environment. Plan ahead. If this is your first experience with a particular finish or stain, you may wish to test it on a piece of lumber. It is important that you be ready to finish your door IMMEDIATELY after hanging.
Unfinished wood products should never be exposed to wet or damp conditions. The door must be sealed and finished within 24 hours of installation with a suitable sealer and a minimum of three coats of finish on all six sides to maintain the warranty status.
Upon delivery of the door, and before fitting and cutting, inspect the door for damage and defects. Do not hang door with any noticeable damage or defects. Store and install the door in a dry area, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to heated or air-conditioned environments prior to finishing.
TO DATE, THERE ARE NO EXTERIOR WATER BASE FINISHES WE CAN RECOMMEND THAT WILL ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE DOOR FROM THE ELEMENTS.
Periodic maintenance may be required by the end-user and is not part of the warranty. Such maintenance may be required at any time and may include, but is not limited to, maintaining the exterior finish and trimming swollen wood products. The required maintenance may vary depending upon environmental conditions in the area and overhang protection provided. Stain and clear finishes perform better if protected from sunlight and weathering. (Re-finishing will be required less frequently). Exterior door finishes may deteriorate with exposure to environment. Inspect finish at least once a year. Refinish as needed.
High temperature (due to direct sunlight) develops in the space created by using a storm door. This excessive heat can cause panels to split.
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St. Petersburg, FL. 33747
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