How to Fix Common Problems With Your Entry Door

You rely on our entry doors to keep you safe and secure, but how easy is it to fix them on your own?

Over time, doors become harder to open and close, and they begin squeaking a bit too much. Drafty doors also allow more heat to escape your home. In fact, doors and windows are responsible for up to 12% of all heat loss in a home.

This short guide will help you tackle your next entry door repair project. So, let’s look at how you can solve some of the most common entry door issues!

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Signs You Need Entry Door Repair

Just because a door has problems doesn’t mean you have to replace it yet. Here are a few signs that your entry door has some life in it yet, and it just needs repair.

Door Leaks Air

Doors are one of the primary sources of air leakage. You can save up to 30% on heating costs by weatherproofing your house. Our tips:

  • Start by looking at the caulk around your door. Replace it if you notice any damage.
  • Next, try weatherstripping the top and sides of your door. Install a door sweep on the bottom to fill in any remaining gaps.
  • If your door is still drafty, it may be time for entry door replacement. French doors, for example, provide excellent protection against drafts.

Noisy Door

One of the most common exterior door issues is a squeaky hinge. To fix this, use a screwdriver and hammer to remove the pin before lubricating the hinge. If the hinge is rusty, soak it in penetrating oil first, and then carefully apply a layer of silicone spray.

Other tips:

  • If your exterior door rattles when you close it, you may be dealing with loose hinges. In this case, all you have to do is tighten them up.
  • It’s a good idea to replace the hinges if your door continues to make noise after you’ve tried the entry door repair tips outlined above.

Sticky Door

During the summer months, wooden doors are prone to warping and swelling due to moisture. You can address this issue by sanding the edges of the entry door. But avoid removing too much wood, as your door will shrink again during the winter when it’s less humid.

Another possible cause for this problem is a sagging door. The weight of the door pulls down on the top hinge over time. Therefore, simply tightening the top hinge may solve your problem.

Door Won’t Remain Closed

This issue often has to do with the strike plate, not the door. Place the tip of a screwdriver on the metal tab inside the strike plate, and then tap it with a hammer. Doing so will create more room for the door bolt to drop into the hole.

Other tips:

  • You may also need to lubricate the latch bolt. Use silicone spray if you notice any sticking.
  • If there’s a gap between the frame and the entry door, try placing a small piece of wood behind the strike plate to bring it closer to the latch.

Common Problems that Mean You Need Your Door Replaced

It’s not always cost-effective to have your door repaired. In some cases, you’re better off buying a new door altogether. For instance:

  • Doors become dented, scratched, and warped over time. If your door shows signs of severe wear and tear, it’s best to replace it immediately. Not only does a damaged door affect the curb appeal of your house, but it also poses a safety risk for you and your family.
  • Keep an eye out for any visible cracks in your door too. This can cause drafts and allow bugs to enter your home.
  • You may also want to consider replacing your door if you feel that it no longer fits the style of your home.

Final Thoughts

Most entry door repair projects are easy to solve. In some cases, however, it may be necessary to call in a professional to take care of it for you.

The tips mentioned above will help you deal with some of the most common problems. But if you continue to experience issues, consider replacing your door. Entry doors should be able to withstand anything Southeast Wisconsin weather throws at them.

Do you need any help with home exterior installation or repair? If so, feel free to reach out to us today!