Common Door Issues And How To Repair Them

One element of building or renovating a home that is overlooked quite often is the doors throughout the home. Learn how to choose the best.

Common Door Issues And How To Repair Them

Common Door Issues And How To Repair Them

29 December 2021
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Most people don't give their home's exterior doors a second thought, as doors are common and generally function as they're supposed to. Daily wear and other incidents can cause damage to doors. If your home's door is damaged and evidencing any of these issues, here are ways that common door problems can be repaired.

Gap Along the Door's Edge

The edges of doors sometimes gap, creating a space where air can enter or escape. Heaving as a home settles can cause the issue, as can wood's normal contraction and expansion when seasonal temperatures change. Regardless of which is the cause of gapping along a door's edge, the issue won't naturally fix itself — it'll only worsen if not fixed.

How much of a problem a gap along your door's edge is depends on the size of the gap. Small gaps might be insignificant and ignored until they do worsen. Gaps that you can feel air flowing through all cold air or warm air in, though, and that'll reduce your home's efficiency some. Gaps that are large enough to see light through could also be entryways into your home for mice.

The easiest way to fix a gaping door is to place weatherstripping where the gap is. Weatherstripping is a thin, insulated section of material that'll block a gap. It can prevent the exchange of air and the entry of vermin.

Termite Damage Inside the Door

In areas that have termites, the insects can infest a door and eat it from the inside out. Termites must first be exterminated if they get into a door, then the section that's eaten out must be filled in. Cans of expanding insulation are available and can be squeezed into the interior of a door. As the insulation expands, it'll fill in the empty space that termites created.

Rotting Wood in Door

Wooden doors are prone to rot, especially at the top where water can seep onto them as it drips down a house. Rotten doors can be treated much like termite-damaged doors, although there are some slight differences in the repair.

To repair a door that has rotten or softwood, the damaged wood must first be dug out. This can be done with a screwdriver or other implement that's able to break up and scoop out the softwood. Canned expanding insulation can then be used to fill in where the wood was dug out

For more information on door repair, contact a company like AM PM Door Service.

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interior and exterior doors -  choosing the best

One element of building or renovating a home that is overlooked quite often is the doors throughout the home. Whether you are replacing interior or exterior doors, there are so many for you to choose from. So, how do you decide what will look best and what doors will last longest? This blog is loaded with information about interior and exterior doors. I put this blog together when I was searching for new doors for the renovation of my third floor. You will find out what aspects of doors will make them last longer than others and what all of your options really are.