Perhaps the most overlooked wood in all of New York City are the exterior entryways and doors on older (and newer!) buildings. Often the cost of replacement can run five to eight times more than restoration! And that can include settling on a new design as old craftsmanship is no longer accessible! If you want to preserve you budget, it's best to start by preserving your doors!
St. Malachy's Church aka: The Actor's Chapel
Here's the finished photo. Had theses doors been left for another winter like the last few we had, they might well be thinking in terms of recovery and replacement rather than restore and rescue!
St. Malachy's aka: The Actor's Chapel (Before!)
Here is yet another example of a pair of borderline doors. Borderline because left unattended it's a good possibility that they would be looking at replacement rather than refinishing in the near future. Notice the bare surfaces where all protective wood finish is missing. Exposed sections like this can lead to warping, rotting and lifting of the wood sections that are part of a historical door's assembly. One of the many advantages of having FRW restore historic doors is the attention we give to the end grain where capillary action can do severe damage quickly.
A Lispenard Street Entrance
A building manger who knows his business will always pay attention to the entrance to all his managed properties. A poorly maintained entrance is as bad for commanding a market rent as a dirty, sloppy lobby. This building was originally designed with splendid mahogany trim that was later painted with a so called "One-Step" finishing product. We love this product because it's guaranteed to get a building full of tenants screaming for proper restoration!
Whether it's a church, temple or school, the entry doors are always custom, and custom doors as those that adorn these institutions are crazy expensive to replace. Whether it's replacing sections of missing wood or using an epoxy-infusion process there is usually a way to save damaged doors. But there is a point where replacement becomes inevitable. The trick is to never let that happen! FRW can evaluate the condition of exterior doors so that replacement is never an issue.