It may seem that your wood doors change with the seasons. They can shrink in winter, expand in summer, and swell if you live in a humid place. These doors are harder to operate because they can turn sticky.
In this post, your trusted siding contractor, A Cut Above Exteriors, discusses why doors made of wood expand.
Inspecting your doors regularly can prevent them from swelling. Make sure that the door doesn’t have cracks on areas where they are more exposed to moisture. Paint or primer must be applied to cracks. The paint along the edges of the door can also wear and cause stickiness.
Other Reasons for Swelling Doors
Moisture is the most common cause of door swelling, but there are also other reasons influencing the problem. Hinges and screws can become loose due to constant opening and closing. Over time, the door can get misaligned from the door frame. You may need to get in touch with a local professional to get these issues fixed.
When your door is old and beyond repair, then you may have to get it replaced. Make sure to only hire a reliable contractor for your door replacement. At A Cut Above Exteriors, we specialize in window, patio door, and siding replacement.
What You Can Do
You can attempt to fix the problem with a hairdryer or a heat gun. Keep in mind that you have to be at a safe distance to avoid burning the wood. This may also involve adding shims to the hinges to make the door slightly tilt and precisely fit into the frame.
Another option is sanding the area along the edges and beneath the door. However, you may have to remove the door to do this.
Whether you’re looking for quality siding installation or patio door replacement, you can turn to A Cut Above Exteriors. We install energy-efficient Andersen® patio doors. These doors feature a unique Fibrex® material which has the strength, insulating, and low-maintenance features of vinyl. In addition, they are guaranteed not to crack, corrode, and rot. Call us at (503) 334 0733 or complete our online form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Portland, OR.