When siding begins to warp and crack, and internal doors expand and refuse to close, these are two of the most frustrating issues that may arise in a home. Because the average home has seven or more internal doors, this problem can soon become out of hand if the root of the problem is not addressed.
Here are a few of the reasons why internal doors swell and what you may do to alleviate this annoyance.
- Seasonal Fluctuations in Humidity
In the summer, as the humidity outdoors rises, doors commonly swell and stick. Because wood is a natural material, it can absorb excess moisture from the air, causing the door to scrape along the floor or in the frame. For the same reason, excess moisture in the air can be absorbed during heavy rainfall, so depending on where you live, you may have this problem all year round.
- Problems With Dampness in the Home
Poor siding insulation, drying clothes indoors, not ventilating the rooms, leaving the bathroom door open after a shower to let steam escape or rising dampness are all causes of moisture in our homes. These flaws can lead to mildew buildup, a musty smell and swollen and stuck doors.
- Other Factors That Contribute to Stuck Doors
Internal doors may be misbehaving due to a variety of factors, including improper installation, hinges that are too tight or too loose, hinges that are starting to wear out completely or if you have painted or varnished the door and there are clumps of paint sticking to the edges, which can prevent the door from closing properly.
What to Do About Swelling and Expansion
Sticking paint can make it difficult to operate doors. Check to see whether your doors are stuck due to sealant or paint. This problem should be solved by sanding the sticky parts of the door.
Wood doors can be prevented from swelling by lowering indoor humidity. While cooking or showering, open your windows, or turn on your exhaust fan. Refinishing the door may solve the problem in some circumstances. When applying a new finish, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Furthermore, several doors are beyond repair and must be replaced.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals is fully licensed to install a wide range of high-end windows and doors from some of the country’s most reputable brands, including the Marvin Signature® Collection and Sunrise® Windows.
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