Facts About Door Repairs
You know that we will always provide the most comprehensive, simple facts about what will cost you the most in the home. Why do things like door repairs cost so much? Well, it's not that he repair itself is costly--for most homeowners it's simply not having the knowledge to make the decisions more cost effectively for your home. Here we will give you what you need to know about door repairs and when it is necessary to replace them.
Common Issues with entryway doors.
Basically entryway doors and even interior doors have the same recurring issues and causes. They are easy to fix early if you are aware of their beginning and you know exactly what your door is made from. When in doubt have someone come out or if you know who the builder is--call and ask them. Weather stripping rot and wear and tear are the most common causes of issues with exterior doors.
What it's made of?
Even if your door is not made entirely of wood--it's likely that it is incorporated in it in some way. Here we will talk about the maintenance and repair. Not only for those doors with wood that are common but for exotic types as well.
If the door sticks.
This comes from use and expansion and retraction. Dirt in places like the hinges and where the door shuts is also a cause. In this case some minor repairs may have to be made. But first, clean all the moving parts of the door hardware as well as any dirt buildup around the door frame and outside of the door itself. If the door still sticks then you may need to adjust the hinges by tightening them. If this is to no avail then the last thing to try before you decide to replace the door is to sand the door to size.
Dents in metal doors.
If you have a wood and metal door you will certainly get a dent or two from foot traffic. Auto filler is the best thing to use to repair this. Simply sand and when you see the metal you wash it off--dry it well and put thin layers of auto filler in the door until it is done.
If there is a squeak upon opening or shutting then you have to open the hinges and wash them well. After doing that--use a silicone spray or a lubricating oil.
Energy leaks and drafts.
Weather stripping is the way to go or replacing the caulking around the doors. There is also a handy gadget called a weather board that is installed at the bottom of your door so that you have something that grabs the draft and brings it away from the home.
Exotic wood replacement.
When you have a door made from exotic wood--people jump into replacing the door and many times they can't find the door they had which is a disappointment. People that like exotic wood like a particular taste and this is a point of frustration for them. So, when you find yourself in a jam like this, you can do what door shops do or at least have it done if you aren't the DIY type. Wood is generally surgically removed and replaced with new wood. Here are the steps to accomplishing that or at least understanding what you are paying for, should you decide to get it done.
Anything more complicated than this and you will need a licensed restorer to do it for you. There are a lot of tools involved and a large workspace needed. However; for exotic woods this is well worth it.