Ah, the family home’s back door. Slammed regularly by the kids, opened multiple times per day for the pets, and sometimes abused by the parents too – spilled sauce from the latest efforts on the grill, kicked open when your hands are full of toys left in the backyard – the family backdoor takes much abuse. And that doesn’t even take into account the punishment it receives from sunlight, wind, rain, winter weather, and other elements.
Your backdoor is not only a convenient entrance and exit to your home. It is also the focal point of the design, adding charm and character to your home’s exterior. Being exposed to the elements, your back door can suffer weather damage over time. How can I protect my back door from weather?
Here are a few simple ways you can care for your backdoor and prevent weather damage from occurring.
Install a Storm Door to Protect Your Back Door
While rain and sunshine are not going to cause a dent or scratch to your back door, some weather elements are capable of just that. For one, hail is known for its unpredictable and highly destructive nature. Additionally, strong winds are able to carry debris into your door causing damage. Protect your back door from these weather elements by installing a storm door.
Give Your Back Door a Fresh Coat of Protective Paint
Giving your back door a fresh coat of light-colored paint will not only give it a fresh new look, but it can also help preserve and protect it as well. Lighter colors reflect sunlight and heat, preventing the sun from discoloring, cracking, or warping your back door.
In addition, if your back door is made of wood, protect it from humidity and rain by painting it with a waterproof coating. This is an inexpensive step that can go a long way in preventing weather damage.
Install an Aluminum Door Canopy Above Your Back Door
For superior protection from the elements, install a SummerSpace® Aluminum Door Canopy over your back door. With effective features and innovative design, our aluminum door canopies are optimized to protect you and your back door from snow, rain, sun, and more. They even have a built-in front gutter to divert rain and snow runoff away from your entryway and prevent it from falling on you.
SummerSpace Door Canopies are built to last! The aluminum canopy is exceptionally strong and durable with two coats of baked-on enamel finish. The frame includes heavy-duty support arms or sidewings with a heavy extruded mill finish. Also, despite exposure to the elements, our door canopies will never rust.
Customize your aluminum door canopy to the size and width you need for your back door. Plus, choose from 13 beautiful finish colors to compliment your home’s exterior.
Keep Gutters Clean to Prevent Rain Puddling at Your Back Door
When your gutters are full of leaves, twigs, and other natural debris, it can prevent the gutters from doing their job of removing rainwater. If this is the case, rain can then begin to puddle or splash around your door causing damage over time. To prevent this, mark your calendar to fully clean your gutters twice a year, or more if you notice water puddling between cleans.
Add a Kick Plate to Your Back Door to Prevent Weather Damage
Kicking off your snow-covered boots, closing your wet umbrella, and little ones splashing into nearby mud puddles. Adding a kick plate to the bottom of your door can protect it from these small weather-related happenings over time. A kick plate is an easy addition that can prove helpful and can also add a small touch of design.
Sun, rain, wind or snow, your door is constantly exposed to the weather. Protect your back door from being damaged by employing some of these suggestions. To get an estimate or if you’d like to learn more about getting a SummerSpace Aluminum Door Canopy for your home, click here to find your local dealer.