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Door refinishing

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Door refinishing ensures that your door is as weather-resistant as possible. It protects your door against harsh ultraviolet light, salt air, and weather conditions. Additionally, it gives you a door that appears almost like new. The best part is, you can match your original door color or select a color of your choice.

Keep in mind that doors that are worn and scraped might detract from an otherwise appealing home design. And, years of wear and tear may necessitate complete door refinishing. That's why it's crucial that you do not delay door refinishing, especially front door refinishing if it's necessary.

The average cost of materials for front door refinishing in the United States ranges from $32 to $48 per door. The total labor cost and the material cost for front door refinishing is approximately $275, with homeowners spending anywhere between $172 to $380.

In terms of size, the average cost of refinishing an interior door ranges between $8.40 and $13.90 per square foot.

While it's often recommended to remove a door before refinishing it, it's possible to complete the task without taking it off its hinges. Although, you'll have to remove the door hardware.

If your door is in a decent shape and finish, the door refinishing project may only require light sanding and door cleaning instead of complete finish removal.

If not, you will have to remove the existing finish with sanding, chemical stripping, or a heat gun. Once that is done, you can apply the stain and the top coat for the final finish.

The cost of painting trim and doors runs from about $45 to $200 per side. It depends on the type of door it is, the door size, and its material. For example, French doors cost $150 to $200 per side to paint, on average. Painting intricate doors, frames, and trim may be more expensive.

For door casing and trim, you can expect 1.5 hours per door trim set if you are painting both sides. A professional painter will typically charge $25 to $100 per hour. The total labor cost will depend on the painter's experience, the difficulty of the job, and the location of the door refinishing project.

Painting an interior door may cost anywhere from $75 to $150 on average while painting an exterior door may cost between $100 and $175.

The national average materials cost for front door refinishing is between $32 to $37. The total price, including labor and materials cost per front door refinishing runs to anywhere between $171.84 to $376.37 - depending on the type of front door refinish work.

The key to a successful wood door refinishing process (whether interior or exterior door refinishing) is selecting the right materials and the correct technique. A front door refinishing can be done in less than a day. We advise hiring a professional for a seamless job. But, if you want to make the wood door refinishing a DIY project, here are a few steps you can follow:

  1. 1. Remove the door hardware.
  2. 2. Sand the old varnish and flakes of wood using a random-orbit sander of 80-grit paper, a 100-grit paper, and then 120-grit paper.
  3. 3. Scrape the moldings with small, razor-sharp scrapers - reaching every crevice.
  4. 4. Fold a sheet of 100-grit sandpaper and use it to rub back and forth over the molding. Stick to long strokes.
  5. 5. Clear away the dust through thorough brushing and vacuuming.
  6. 6. Seal the door's edges (top and bottom) with a coat of finish.
  7. 7. Put the door back on its hinges.
  8. 8. Choose a finish and apply. Let it dry overnight.
  9. 9. Reattach the door hardware.
  10. 10.Your wood door refinishing is done.

Due to sun exposure, dampness, and bad weather, stained external wood doors require frequent refinishing. The frequency of the exterior door refinishing is determined by the original stain and varnish quality, as well as whether the door is totally exposed or partially sheltered from the elements.

If you see that the varnish on your door is dry, cracked, and blistered or the paint is peeling - it's time to add a front door refinish with a high-quality stain. The new front door refinish will prevent weather damage and keep your door looking new. The same goes for exterior door refinishing.

A refinished door, be it the front door, an exterior door, or an interior door, improves the look and value of your home. Getting a cost estimate for the home improvement project will give you a fair idea of how much of an investment you'll need to make. That way, you can organize the work better - effectively managing your remodeling budget.

Keep in mind that any unexpected cost can throw your budget off. It's best to use a reliable door refinishing cost calculator to figure out the total expenditure in your area. It helps you ensure that there aren't any unplanned expenses during the execution of your door project.

Kukun's free online door refinishing cost calculator will give you a ballpark estimate by factoring in the size of the door, its condition, the material cost, labor cost, and the total number of doors you want refinished.

Using Kukun's door refinishing cost calculator is easy and gives results in minutes!

  1. 1. Select door refinishing cost calculator on the home renovation cost estimator page
  2. 2. Enter the details of the door(s) you want to refinish
  3. 3. Provide your address with house details and zip code (Your location helps us give you a better cost estimate as we can keep a track of the labor cost, material prices, and details of similar renovations in your neighborhood.)
  4. 4. Enter your email address
  5. 5. Get your personalized door refinishing cost estimate

A well-maintained door will boost your home's value - offering UV protection, safety, and aesthetic appeal. Don't forget that your entry door is probably the first thing a potential homebuyer will assess. A front door refinish will go a long way in making your home look beautiful.

Whether it's your front door refinish work, internal door refinishing, or exterior door refinishing, you can schedule regular upkeep with polishing. The easiest way to keep wooden doors in good shape is to wipe them thoroughly twice a year with a moist cloth. If there's a build-up of filth, it's better to wash the door with warm water and any gentle, non-abrasive soap. Make sure that the surface is completely dry after you're done cleaning. The wood door refinishing will last longer.

And remember that when it comes to practicality, nothing beats quality paint. A wood door refinishing with two coats of enamel paint over a primer will provide the longest protection against sun, abrasion, and weather for roughly 8 to 10 years.

You must plan your door refinishing project well in advance. Good planning will make the home renovation process flawless and hassle-free. Here are some helpful tips for you:

  • Plan a realistic budget for your door refinishing (whether front door refinishing, interior door refinishing, or exterior door refinishing) by using a cost estimator. Do add an extra 20% to your existing budget for any surprise costs.
  • Expect a wide range of pricing from different contractors, price fluctuations in the material cost, and longer delivery time during the pandemic.
  • Get quotes in the late fall or early winter as it's usually an off-season for most contractors.
  • Don't hire a contractor offering an unusually low price. It's probably because of a lack of experience, or has a hidden cost somewhere.
  • Work only with expert and licensed professionals for a flawless finish. It will also help you get a good price if you're preparing your house for sale.
  • Be sure to get a warranty or guarantee from your door refinishing contractor.
  • Get a written contract with the complete schedule and payment details of your door refinishing project.

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