Wood is a popular door and window material. There’s a timeless appeal to its natural wood grain texture that’s simply hard to ignore. However, for all its good looks, it’s also one of the most high-maintenance materials available. Wooden surfaces need to be treated and cured properly to avoid common problems like rot and moisture damage. For those in the door-making industry, this is perhaps the biggest challenge when designing their wood products.
One particular problem is “door swellage” as contractors often put it. Swelling is normal for porous materials like wood, but it’s especially problematic for doors where small changes in size translate to big issues with its operation. Let our experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Southeastern Mass and Rhode Island show you ways to avoid this common issue.
DIY-inclined homeowners can try to remove the door from its hinges and reapply a new water-repellant coat. Follow all instructions set by the door and windows manufacturer regarding the choice of products, application methods and drying times. This should resolve sticking problems from doors that have absorbed too much moisture and expanded.
Of course, the best way to permanently fix a swollen door is to have a professional come and adjust its size. This includes planing the wood so that it can fit snugly again in its frame. You could avoid future issues by making sure that your door is well-protected by a new coat of moisture-resistant products. Alternatively, you could do away with this problem altogether by choosing a different material for your door, a wood and vinyl composite, perhaps, such as Fibrex®.
Get the best quality doors, window replacement products and more at Renewal by Andersen of Southeastern Mass and Rhode Island. We are your trusted local provider of high-performance windows and doors. Call us at (401) 396-3300 for a no-obligation, in-home window diagnosis and consultation. You could also fill out our online contact form to request a brochure or a free estimate today.