Door problems on your house

People call me when the door to their house has something wrong with it. Beyond solving the problem, they rarely have something in mind.

The good news is that not all door problems call for a door replacement, and if you need a new door, there are a lot of choices available.

Wooden doors are near to my heart, as they are with most people.

They have stood the test of time if they have been installed in favorable environments. They fail if they have unreasonable demands placed on them. As a general rule, I prefer to see wooden doors on the inside of homes where they aren’t exposed to moisture and temperature swings.

Wood is naturally hydroscopic, meaning that it absorbs moisture, and the dimensions change in the process. In the winter when you want your door to be the tightest, the wood shrinks from low moisture. Across the grain, the shrinkage can be 8% or more depending on the species of wood used in your door. In summer the same wood expands and the door sticks, so it becomes difficult to open or close.

Storm doors were invented to minimize this air leakage problem. Aluminum doesn’t change dimensions with changes in humidity.

Wood doors are available, but well- made doors are quite expensive. In addition, even the best made door will fail if you install it in unobstructed sunlight, especially if the door faces south.

If you paint a south facing door a dark color, you are asking for problems. Most companies will not guarantee a door painted black,

Regardless of what the door is made of.

So my phone rings when the doors leak air and the foyer is cold. Many times, the door that used to seal well is just drooping. The hinges have gotten loose over time for the same reason that I just described. The wood expands and contracts, s the hinge screws become loose.

I’ve tightened the screws on many a door where people thought that they wanted a new one. Problem solved.

Split or rotten door jambs are another common problem. If it’s the molding on the outside, it can be simply and quickly replaced. If the jamb is splintered or rotten (the wood that holds the door in place, 90degrees from the plane of the door), then it’s time to consider replacing the door. If you can find the name of the manufacturer on the door, replacement frames are sometimes available. The installation of a frame can be expensive because it’s the same amount of work as installing a new door. The old door and frame come out. The new frame is fitted to the door, and the unit is re- installed.

A good technician can get these repairs done in less than a day, once the required parts have been ordered ad shipped.

Every manufacturer makes their doors ad frames slightly different from their competitors.

Keith Pearcy

 

Maryland Windows Doors Roofs

23 West All Saints Street, Frederick , Maryland 21701

Phone: 301 712-5228

MHIC #106619
email: info@marylandwindowsdoorsroofs.com

Picking out a new door for your house

A great looking door can have an impact on the appearance of your house. Better curb appeal can also increase the value of your house should you choose to sell.

Replacement doors are now available in a wide array of styles. Keeping the same size door as you have now is a much more economical path than re-cutting the hole in your wall that the door now occupies.

Replacement Doors Silver Spring MD
Replacement Doors Silver Spring MD

The better manufacturers make a wide variety of door sizes to easily fit your existing opening. That being said, not every style is made in every size. Full light glass comes to mind as a door that is not generally available in narrow sizes. The glass is heavy so that the vertical parts of the door must be beefy enough to bear the weight.  The glass can look like the archers slot on a castle if the door is too narrow.

If you have a remodeler that installs a lot of doors, they will probably have a laptop program that will allow you to assemble a door on the screen so you can see what it looks like. Then you just need to balance your taste with the cost.

Decorative glass is very popular, but not everyone likes the same look.

As a general rule, the bigger the glass portion of the door, the more expensive it is. The more detailed the glass is, the more expensive it becomes.

We try to steer people to styles and colors that go with the architecture of their home. If you choose to do something different, that’s ok. We just want you do be intentional in doing something eclectic.

Sidelights and glass doors can have an unintended effect, making your life visible to people on the street. Many houses have the staircase just inside the front door, so getting a drink in the middle of the night may not be appropriate. Modesty can be accommodated by using obscure or translucent glass in the door. Doors with minimal glass at the top are also very private.

Keep in mind how much security matters to you. Less glass is always more secure.

So get a look that you like that balances appearance, security and comfort. Any good door company will let you think about for as long as you like, because we know that the door will have a big impact on the look of your house. A well -made door should last as long as you care to live in the house, and beyond. We want you to be happy with your choice

Keith Pearcy

 

Maryland Windows Doors Roofs

23 West All Saints Street, Frederick , Maryland 21701

Phone: 301 712-5228

MHIC #106619
email: info@marylandwindowsdoorsroofs.com