Whilst your timber entrance door will look stunning when first installed, you might notice it has developed a few issues as time passes. As timber is an organic material, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s susceptible to wear and tear. In addition to this, timber expands and contracts as a result of the changing weather – if your home has “settled”, the door might be experiencing a few issues. Here is how to rectify 5 of the more common problems:
If you’ve found that your door is sticking (which means that it’s difficult to open and/or close), you might need to adjust its size to ensure it fits the entryway appropriately. It could be as simple as cleaning any dirt buildup along the hinges and the edge of the panel, or it could be as complex as having to plane the edges of the panel down a little. Always start with the simplest solution and work your way up.
Did you know that any dents in your door can be repaired? All you need to do is sand the area back (to ensure that there aren’t any jagged edges) and use some wood filler to plug the dent. Between each layer of filler, you will need to sand the area back until it’s flush with the rest of the panel and you’ve achieved a smooth surface. You can then prime the area and paint over it – no one will know the difference!
- Squeaky Hinges
If you’ve noticed that your timber entrance doors squeaks every time you open or shut it, you might need to lubricate the hinges with silicone. To achieve this, remove the pin and lightly scrub it, the barrel and the hinge leaves with some steel wool. Then, coat all the components with a thin layer of silicone spray or a light penetrating oil. You can then reassemble the hinges and re-install the panel back into the entryway.
- Air Leaks
If you’ve noticed a cold draft around your entryway during the colder months, your door might need to be sealed. Check the caulk around the panel and replace it if there are any signs of damage or gaps. The addition of weatherstripping can also help to stop air leaks in their tracks. The most common one is a weatherboard, which can be added to the bottom of the panel (on the outside) to direct rain away.
- Threshold Replacement
If you live in an older home, you might have the need to replace the threshold. This can be achieved by sawing through the joint between the doorframe stiles and the top surface of the threshold. Ensure that you apply a timber preservative to all surfaces before installing them (apply several coats to the underside, as it will be inaccessible once it’s been installed). This can all be achieved in a few hours.
If you’ve begun to notice a few issues with your timber doors, we hope that the above troubleshooting instructions have enabled you to rectify them quickly and easily. If you’ve been unable to fix the problem or your entryway is experiencing a problem that hasn’t been outlined above, ensure that you contact a professional (the company who installed your doors, if possible). They will be able to inspect the issue and will know how to proceed.