Common Door Frame Problems (and What to Do About Them)
Some problems, you can live with for a time (like a freezer running at a colder temperature than you'd prefer). Other issues have a bigger impact, such as a front door that won't close properly (or stay closed). If you're dealing with an issue like the latter, it might be related to the frame.
So, what's the difference between a door frame problem you can live with and one you need to address? That's the topic of today's post, where we cover some common door frame problems with an emphasis on those most commonly affecting Texas homeowners.
Warping and Shifting
One of the most common door frame problems is warping or shifting, which can occur due to changes in temperature (like many of us in Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio experience), moisture or structural settling. Warped or shifted door frames can cause difficulty in opening or closing doors, and they may create gaps that allow drafts and insects to enter your home. To resolve this issue, you can try tightening loose screws or hinges to realign the door. If the warping is severe, you may need to remove the door and plane it to fit properly, or have a professional door installation company replace it.
Cracked or Split Wood
Cracked or split wood is another common problem that can affect door frames, particularly in older Texas homes or those exposed to moisture. These cracks can compromise the structural integrity of the frame and may lead to further damage if left unaddressed. To fix this issue, start by assessing the extent of the damage (or having a professional take a look). For minor cracks, you can use wood putty or epoxy resin to fill in the gaps. For more significant splits, you may need to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new piece of wood. Remember to sand and paint the repaired area to ensure a seamless finish.
When exposed to excessive moisture, door frames can develop rot, particularly in areas where water tends to accumulate, such as the base or the bottom of the frame. Rotted wood not only weakens the structure but also provides an entry point for pests. To address this problem, remove any rotted sections of the frame and replace them with new, treated wood. Ensure that the source of moisture is identified and resolved to prevent future rot. Applying a waterproof sealant or paint to the frame can also help protect it from moisture damage.
Loose or Worn Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping serves as a barrier against drafts, insects, and moisture, ensuring energy efficiency and comfort within your home. Over time, weatherstripping can become loose, worn-out, or damaged, leading to gaps and decreased insulation. To fix this issue, have a professional Texas door company inspect the weatherstripping around your door frame and replace any sections that are loose or damaged. You can find weatherstripping materials in hardware stores, and they are often easy to install with adhesive backing or small nails.
Door frame problems are common issues that can affect the functionality, security, and energy efficiency of your home. By addressing these problems promptly, you can avoid further damage and maintain the integrity of your door frames. To consult with a professional about your door or door frame problems, contact Expo Home Improvement at 877-798-9220 today.