Doors are an important part of our home. They protect us against the elements, are efficient at conserving energy and most importantly, provide security. For homeowners, it’s vital to understand doors and door repairs. A common entry door will usually be made of steel or fiberglass with a foam core. It has three hinges on one side and a deadbolt/knob lock set on the other. A sill and sweep are on the bottom with weather stripping on the knob side.
Common Door Repairs
There are a few common problems every door owner faces. One is misaligned latches. This happens when the doorjamb’s strike plate isn’t aligned properly. A simple tightening, enlarging the strike plate hole or re-positioning the plate altogether may work.
Without weather stripping, doors won’t be able to stop drafts causing lost energy. Take a look around the door jamb and frames. Depending on the type, you may find felt or foam tape. Also check the door sweep on the bottom of the door. This metal or plastic strip has nylon, vinyl or a sponge brush strip attached to it that keeps elements out. If they are damaged, you need to have them repaired so your home does not lose energy efficiency.
Consistent use can make a hinge butt loose. This happens when screw holes are stripped and can’t be tightened anymore. This problem can easily be fixed by a professional repair man. If the damage is too severe, he may recommend you replace the hinges altogether.
Another common problem is door misalignment. This may cause your door to close on its own especially when not in use. Instead of using a makeshift doorstop, you can call in a professional to repair it for good.
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