As winter approaches, it's crucial to prepare your home for the colder months, and one often overlooked aspect is protecting your wooden doors. At Wittswood we manufacture all our doors using the best quality oak.

Oak doors are known for their durability and aesthetic appeal; however, they still require special attention to ensure they withstand the harsh winter conditions.

At Wittswood we supply our doors either unfinished allowing you to add the finish of your choice, or we can supply with an oil or lacquer suitable for exterior use. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through practical steps to protect your oak doors and keep them in top-notch condition during the winter season.

  • Inspect and Repair your Oak Doors:
    Before the winter chill sets in, conduct a thorough inspection of your oak doors. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracks, warping, or loose hinges. Repair any issues promptly, as these vulnerabilities can worsen during the winter months.

  • Apply a Protective Finish:
    Oak doors benefit greatly from a protective finish, such as a high-quality oil or lacquer. Apply the finish according to the manufacturer's instructions to create a barrier against moisture and prevent the wood from absorbing excess water, which can lead to swelling and warping.

  • Weather Stripping:
    Install weather stripping around the edges of your oak doors to seal any gaps and prevent drafts. This will not only improve energy efficiency but also shield your doors from the effects of cold temperatures and moisture.

  • Regular Cleaning:
    Keep your oak doors clean throughout the winter. Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate, potentially causing damage over time. Use a mild, wood-friendly cleaner to wipe down the doors, and ensure they are completely dry after cleaning.

  • Humidity Control:
    Maintain a consistent indoor humidity level to prevent your oak doors from expanding or contracting excessively. Invest in a humidifier to add moisture to the air during dry winter months, especially if you have a central heating system that tends to dry out indoor air.

  • Protective Mats:
    Place doormats both inside and outside entryways to trap moisture and prevent it from being tracked inside. This simple step can significantly reduce the amount of water your oak doors are exposed to, minimizing the risk of damage.

  • Reapply Finish as Needed:
    Over time, the protective finish on your oak doors may wear down. Monitor the condition of the finish and reapply it as needed, especially after the winter season. This will help prolong the life of your doors and keep them looking their best.  

By taking proactive steps to protect your oak doors during the winter, you not only preserve their natural beauty but also ensure their longevity. These simple yet effective measures will shield your doors from the harsh elements, allowing you to enjoy a warm and cozy home all winter long. Remember, a little care goes a long way in maintaining the integrity of your oak doors and enhancing the overall comfort of your living space.

Thinking of replacing your wooden doors, check our Wittswood’s range of Exterior Oak Doors.

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