How to Make a Front Door Repair

The front door is a prominent feature of the home or business and it makes a statement about what is inside. The door is also a barrier against the elements and the scorching heat of the sun as well as unwelcome visitors. As such, the door is subject to a lot of wear and tear. The good news is that, while some doors may require a complete replacement, many can be repaired to keep it looking and functioning like new. The first step in this process is identifying what is wrong with the door so that a proper repair can be made.

The most common issues with a front door repair are dents, scratches, and cracks. These can easily be fixed with a little bit of wood filler or putty. The putty or filler can then be sanded down to a smooth surface and repainting can take place to restore the original color of the door.

In more serious cases, the door can become warped or misshapen. This usually happens due to a change in humidity that can cause the wood to expand or shrink. A professional can often correct this by combining hinge adjustments with sanding the door to get it back into shape.

Another issue that can occur is a gap between the doorjamb and the frame. This can be a result of the wood expanding and shrinking as mentioned above, but can also be caused by warping or if the door has been damaged and has gaps from where the hinges used to be. This can be corrected with the same technique as for a cracked door, but will require the use of shims to fill in the gap between the frame and the doorjamb.

If the weather is cold or rainy, a door is prone to swell due to the moisture in the air. This can make the door no longer fit in the frame and will be difficult to open. To prevent this, it is recommended to install a plastic sill flashing around the opening and under the doorjamb, to channel away any water that may enter the frame or house from underneath the door.

Keeping the front door of your home or business in tip-top condition can add to its value, as well as enhance the curb appeal. In most cases, a front door can be repaired to look and work as good as new for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.

When hiring a contractor for door repairs or replacement, it is important to ask about their experience and what type of warranty they offer. An experienced, reputable company will typically provide a warranty that covers workmanship and materials for up to one year. They will also be able to answer any questions you might have about installing or repairing your front door.