Your wood doors may swell as a result of temperature changes. Since they are porous, they can expand when exposed to humid air and contract in dry air. They can be harder to open and close when this happens.
In this post, your local window replacement expert, Renewal by Andersen® of Greater Philadelphia, discusses why your doors swell.
Experts say that the combination of high moisture levels and insufficient water-repellant finish on a door is something you should avoid. Moisture seeps into the wood when the door isn’t properly sealed or finished, especially around the bottom edge.
The placement of doors is crucial because some areas of your home are more prone to heavy moisture. The southern and western regions experience more sun, which can compromise a wood door’s finish. At Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia, our windows and doors are guaranteed not to fade, crack or warp. For optimum protection, we can install storm doors that are built to endure harsh weather.
How to Prevent It
Before doing anything to your doors, make sure the cause of the problem is not sticking paint or sealant, especially if the door has been recently sealed or painted. The sticky areas should be sanded if this is the case.
Reducing moisture in your home is key in preventing your wood doors from swelling. You can use a dehumidifier or open a window during showers. At times, refinishing the door does the trick. However, you have to make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when applying a new finish. You can add more protection to your entry or patio doors by installing a storm door or overhang.
When your old wood doors are beyond repair, it may be time to replace them. For high-quality replacement windows and doors, you can rely on Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia. We offer windows and doors in a wide selection of styles, colors and finishes to complement your home. Call us at (610)-813-677 or fill in our online form for a free consultation. We cater to homeowners in New Jersey, Philadelphia and nearby areas.