- the season known for beach trips, barbeques, and family vacations. For Maritime
home owners with wooden doors however, this season can be notorious for causing
“sticky doors” – a door that gets stuck on the frame when opening and closing.
But what exactly causes wooden doors to become this way, and how can it be
fixed? As your door and window experts, we’re here to help. We’ll list the
potential causes of your door troubles, and go over some home solutions.
culprit in creating sticky doors during the summer months is humidity. If a
wooden door has been not protected properly with water-repellent finish (or the
finish has worn off) the wood is susceptible to swelling. Water gets absorbed
by the wood and then expands in humidity which causes the enlarged door to rub
against the frame. Fixing these kinds of problems can be complicated depending
on the severity of the water damage, but preventing anymore water from getting
into the wood can help. One way to do
this is to lower the humidity near the door.
inside doors, decreased humidity can be achieved via a de-humidifier. Outside
wooden doors will need to be protected as much as possible from the rain and
the sun. In the northern-hemisphere, a southern facing door is going to get a
considerable amount of time in the sun. This can wear off the door’s finish
faster then usual and make it more liable to water damage. An overhang or a
screen door is a great way to protect your wooden door from the elements and it
will greatly increase the door’s lifespan.
your wooden door is a more direct prevention method for the D.I.Y types but
requires quite a bit of work. You will need to remove the door from its hinges,
take the hardware off the door, sand off the old finish and then apply the new
product. If you do decide to re-finish your door make sure to consult the door
manufacturer as to what finish suits the door best, then carefully follow the
instructions on the finish label.
your door has a considerable amount of swelling, is sticking excessively, or
multiple parts of the door are catching on the frame you will need professional
help. Your door could need trimming with a planer, hinge replacement/
realignment, or a combination of both. If in doubt, come see us! Our seasoned
experts are more than happy to see what they can do for your specific door
is not the only cause of a sticky door and sometimes your door is sticking
simply because it is sticky. This could be caused by a buildup of dirt and grime on
the side of the door. To solve this problem, you can lightly wash the door with
soap and water to clear away any gunk.
stickiness can also come from an accumulation of paint or sealant on the sides
of your door causing it to get caught on the frame. A way to remove the
blockage of paint/ sealant is to sand down the excess material till it is level
with the rest of the door - make sure not to sand down the door material or you
risk letting in a draft. After sanding, paint and re-finish the area.
make sure to check your door’s hinges. The door could be sticking because the
hinges are not properly oiled causing the door to not open as smoothly. Or the
problem could lie in the hinge screws not being tight enough, making the door
sag and come into contact with the frame. Using a screwdriver, make sure all
the hinge screws are flush against the hinge leaf.
sticky door can be a frustrating problem. Sometimes the door just needs a quick
cleaning, while others need hours of hinge adjusting and planning to get them
working properly again. In either case, if a door shows signs of stickiness the
best policy is to determine what the problem is as quickly as possible. If it doesn’t
appear to be an easy fix, don’t hesitate to contact us and get a
you want an end-all-be-all solution to your wooden door woes, our steel
entry doors will certainly fit the bill. Steel doors have become an
increasingly popular choice amongst home owners due in part to their extreme
durability and excellent insulation qualities. They also will never shrink and
expand like a wooden door, making maintenance very minimal. For the homeowner
looking for a fantastic long term investment, a steel entry door could be your
ticket to worrying less about sticky doors and spending more time enjoying our
precious summer season.
Amazing crew, the two installers were punctual, of good humor, and very skilled in their workmanship, even with the additional repair required on a Friday morning before a long weekend. They were both truly professional and I commend them both! A job very well done!
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