With the first snow having settled on our rooftops and rain continuing to fall, winter is truly upon us. As a result, our homes’ little weaknesses are becoming big issues. These could be small side effects of poor design such as an overflowing drain or much larger construction issues such as major roof leaks.
One of the most common issues faced by homeowners during the winter, however, is swollen doors. It may seem trivial at first, although anybody who has lived with one for a number of weeks will appreciate the annoyance that they cause for the entire family and warmth they can allow to escape.
As a family run business who have installed thousands of timber doors throughout Banbury, Beaconsfield and Henley-on-Thames since 1986, Cherwell has a selection of secrets for homeowners looking to fix a sticking door. Not all of these tricks will work for you, but if you give each of them a try you may just find that the sanding machine can remain in your shed for another year.
Whilst it may seem obvious to most, it is incredible how many homeowners assume that their sticking door is a result of water absorption. Yet, you may find that a quick check of the various hinges and screws that secure the door to its frame could fix the issue in a matter of minutes.
Spend three to five minutes checking that each of the screws is tight and hinges are aligned correctly. After all, with thousands of slams and constant battering from the wind, it is easy for these to move or loosen over the years and cause the door to rub on its frame.
Should you find a screw that is loose, consider replacing it with a new one just half an inch longer. This will help anchor it in place again for many years to come. If you find that the diameter of the screw’s hole has grown significantly, some well-placed toothpicks or steel wool will help tighten it once again.
If your door has stuck since day one and its screws and hinges are all in place, it’s likely that some excess paint or varnish is causing an obstruction. Therefore, spend three to five minutes checking the door and frame for any lumps caused by excess paint or air bubbles.
Should you locate one, simply use a wood chisel or knife to remove it. Although, be careful to ensure that you don’t cause any lasting damage to the wood itself. Should you be left with any exposed wood, however, ensure that you treat it with a layer of paint and varnish to protect it from any future, more severe damage.
If the screws and paint were not the cause of the issue, swelling may, in fact, be causing your door to stick. Therefore, turning to a piece of sanding paper to remove wood in the problem area may be the best resolution.
Before sanding the door, however, ensure that it has had an opportunity to dry. This is as you may find yourself removing far too much wood when the door is swollen and being left with unwanted gaps during the less humid or damp periods of the year.
If you find yourself having to shave considerable portions of the doors diameter, then removing it from the frame entirely is recommended. This will allow you to ensure that it is evenly sanded from top to bottom and provide you with the room required to use an electric powered sander.
With the screws tightened, excess paint removed and wood shaved, your sticking door should be a thing of the past. Thus, you and your family can relax, knowing that your door is closed securely and that no warmth is escaping.
If your door is in need of a replacement, there couldn’t be a better time than now with 20% off at Cherwell this January. This offer is valid on all orders placed throughout January, whether it be for a beautiful timber entrance door or timber alternative french door. Simply book an appointment online today and a member of our team will give you a call.