Should You Paint or Stain Your Front Door?

Your front door is an important part of the curb appeal of your home. You see it every time you walk into your home, so shouldn’t it be the style you want? You may be wondering whether it’s a better idea to paint or stain your front door. Here’s a quick look at some of the advantages of each option.

The Benefits of Painting Your Front Door

If you don’t have a strong preference either way, painting your entry door is probably the way to go. One of the main advantages of using paint is that it’s easy to change the color whenever you want to switch things up. Paint is:

  • Long-lasting: A primed and painted front door, when done properly, will typically last longer than a refinished door. It will also require less maintenance. You can touch up any chips in the paint in a matter of minutes. If you choose an outdoor satin or semi-gloss paint, your door will be very easy to clean as well. If you choose to stain your door instead, you’ll typically have to sand it and reapply the varnish every year. 
  • Simple: Painting your door is usually a simple process. You will have to clean and sand the door, remove or tape off the hardware, prime the door and then add as many coats as you need. You’ll have to wait for the primer and each coat of paint to dry, but it’s a relatively easy project. 
  • Cost-effective: In many cases, painting your front door is also a more affordable option than staining it. All you’ll need is sandpaper, a quart of primer, about a quart of paint, a paintbrush and a drop cloth. 

Why Stain Your Front Door?

While staining your front door is a little more costly and time-consuming, sometimes the natural look of a wood door is worth it. If you’re not sure whether you want to stain or paint your door, you can stain it first and change your mind later. That said, it’s far more difficult to go from a painted door to a stained door. 

If you have a beautiful wood front door, you may want to preserve its natural look by staining and finishing it. This approach allows the beauty of the wood to show through. And while stains don’t come in as many colors as paint, you’ll still have plenty of shades to choose from.

Stain can also give your entry door a timeless appearance. A trendy shade of paint can boost your curb appeal in the moment, but you might need to change the color if you make any other adjustments to your home’s overall look. However, the classic look of a stained door goes with most styles. 

Contact Quality Overhead Door 

If it’s time for a replacement rather than a new coat of stain or paint, the team at Quality Overhead Door is here to help. Our family-owned and -operated business has been serving Toledo since 1982.  Contact us to learn more about our garage doorsstorm doors and entry doors.


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