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Care and Handling Instructions for your new Grand Door

It is very important to read over our warranty to make sure you understand the care and handling instructions within. This page is meant to expand and further explain how to care for your Grand Door.

Prior to sealing-Our products are sent out unfinished. It is important that you take special precautions until the finishing process is complete. Moisture can freely migrate into and out of unfinished wood. The result can be detrimental to the performance of your door. We cannot be responsible for the conditions of the jobsite. Please note that weather conditions like severe humidity or dryness can affect the unsealed doors within days. These conditions can be artificially created by jobsite factors like fresh plaster or portable heaters. The best solution is to completely seal the products within hours of delivery.

Sealing-There are many good exterior finishes availble and a good painter or reputable paint store can give you specific product recommendations. Please follow their directions. All exposed wood needs to be sealed, including the top and bottom edge of the door (please consult warranty). Consider hiring a professioanl painter. We have encountered basically two types of painters; true tradesmen who are conscious of their reputation and do professional work and people who own a paintbrush. Your Grand Door is worthy of the tradesman. It may cost more, but considering the value of the door and it's future beauty and performance, it is a small cost. Be specific that the door needs to be completely sealed immediately. If the painter wants to put a final (extra) coat on prior to move in, that is great so long as the initial sealing is completed (often three brushed on coats). A good painter or general contractor can also evaluate the application and recommend the addition of caulk in areas that water may splash or be wind blown on the door unit. Some applications may need to be caulked along the jamb, wood panels, glass, moldings, etc. to be properly sealed. Sealing is meant to prohibit water from coming in contact with the wood. Through properly sealing your door unit, you can expect a lifetime of service.

Periodic inspection- Periodically wiping down your door unit with a damp cloth and mild cleaning solution can give you a great opportunity to inspect the appearance of the finish. Finishes will break down due to sun exposure and no longer seal the wood surface. We recommend recoating at the first sign of finish failure. Recoating at this time is a simple process and relatively quick. Waiting until severe finish failure occurs can result in at best, difficult and expensive refinishing and at worst, damage to the wood itself.

Expansion and contraction- Even in properly sealed door units it is possible for water vapor to exchange in the wood. This could result in the door rubbing the door frame or an excessive gap between the door and frame. Both conditions are usually quick adjustments and are not cause for much concern. Wood panels have been designed to float and can shrink past the original line of stain. Should this occur, simply stain the unfinished surface and seal the area. This should take care of the problem for lthe future. Seasonal variations will normally occur within the first full year, and once the needed adjustments are made, it is unlikely that any further adjustments will be needed.

Non-warranted applications- All wood door manufacturers have to draw lines as to what applications are suitable for wood doors. We have adopted similar restrictions for our products. We can however, use special materials and processes that will help in applications that are severe. The product will still have no warranty expressed or implied.


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