The mainstay of your door is upkeep. In the wintertime, a door’s outer-facing surface may combat the harshest cold to the hottest heat. If the door is wood, it might soak up water from humidity and release it during a dry and bitter plunge in temperature. Beyond the structure or material of the door itself are the helping parts, like the health of the frame, its hinges, jamb and hardware— screws, drywall or molding and even stress cracks. If your door isn’t working properly, we can help. Here are some possible issues doors face in the winter and how you can fix them or prevent them yourself.
Door binds in upper corner
In the winter, a door or a door frame may release its water content. This changes the way a door opens and closes. It also puts a great amount of stress on the geometry of the door. For instance, on the jamb. To prevent or fix this is simple.
Fix: Before the season changes, and if you notice the jamb beginning to catch, replace your old screws with new ones. The new screws should be of a slightly larger make so that they can reserve more balance on the swing of the door. So, drill pilot holes a little deeper in the existing holes. These screws will relieve the pressure from the bind and help it sit plumb in its best working position.
Door won’t latch
If your door won’t stay latched because of a temperature delineation, such as a quick shift from hot to cold, you may have to analyze your strike plate. The strike plate is used mainly for the deadbolt which is imperative for home security. If by resizing and drilling deeper pilot holes doesn’t lessen its lean, you may have to either replace a door, or re-adjust your strike plate.
Fix: To readjust the strike plate you have several options. Always mark and measure where the new room is needed to fit the strike plate. If possible, file the metal where space is needed. It that doesn’t fit your predicament, unscrewing the plate, and then chiseling into the jamb for room, then establishing the screw plate slightly higher or over will fix the issue at hand.
Screws are loose
After longtime use, screws may loosen in their drill holes. In this case, they might have a difficult time pulling the wood into its rings and staying secure. There are two main fixes for this.
Fix: Exit the old screws from the place where they are being forced out and reinsert screws of a slightly larger diameter. If another size screw will not work, consider applying a dowel. Glue dowels with applicable dowel glue into the holes and allow them to dry completely. When completely dry, drill new pilot holes and re-insert and install components.
Door stays open
If a door is uneven or not plumb in its frame, the door might be oft to swing and stay open. An open door in the summer or winter is not good, especially when it lets in rain and snow by just turning the handle and having it fall out of your control quickly.
Fix: For this issue, either re-drill holes for bigger screws, or create a shim. A shim can be placed behind screws in the hinges. Note where there is a bind or where the door pulls from the hinge. Is it more from top or bottom? Place shims in response to even the swing of the door.
Door latch misses strike plate
When the winter causes your door latch to loosen it may strike the strike plate. Repeated use of a door will cause this to happen frequently. Don’t worry so much about this. It’s easier than re-adjusting the strike plate as we mentioned above.
Fix: Screw in the strike plate. If the strike plate has preferred a certain angle because of warping tap or lightly hammer the strike plate until it is positioned correctly to again accept the latch.
To prevent the surface of your door from warping or cracking, think about a good weatherproofing material or coat.
Fix: If you’ve already aligned your door, adjusted strike plates, hinges and latches, ask about door weatherproofing materials that can preserve the integrity of your door and frame. There are a number of door weatherproofing materials on the market. Find one that best matches your door and apply it by instruction or by a professional hardware store opinion.
It’s common for the winter to let in cool air, and challenge your door with its wintry elements. Weatherstripping is your best friend for sealing these unwanted ingredients from accessing your entry way and saving you some money on your energy bill. Weather stripping may be made of metal, vinyl, rubber felt or foam. Those are the common materials. Weatherstripping comes in kits but if you’re not sure how much to apply ask a store helper for the exact amount to apply to your door. Fill in the cracks where needed. This will not only keep with the heat bill, but it will make your door snug. Here’s what to do.
Fix: Clean all applicable surfaces thoroughly. This will help the weather stripping adhere to its surface. Clean jambs and all surfaces then allow it to dry. Measure and cut the weatherstripping to what you need. Peel the adhesive and fit plumb.
If your door is squeaky, it’s likely that the jambs and hinges have been removed of their oils. Like locks, they will need some light lubricant to take the squeaks out.
Fix: At your hardware store, purchase some silicone. Remove all door pins that allow the door to swing and coat with a thin amount of silicon. Note: you can also use graphite or another recommended product useful on doors. Say goodbye to the winter squeak.
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