You may notice that your door becomes bigger in humid conditions and contracts in dry air. This is the reason entry and bathroom doors often have the tightest fit in your home.
In today’s post, your leading provider of replacement windows and doors, Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio discusses why wood doors expand and swell.
Excessive moisture and insufficient water-repellent finish is a combination you should avoid no matter what. Moisture can get into the wood, especially on the door’s bottom edge, when it isn’t properly sealed or finished.
Other factors that influence this issue is the placement of doors and the location of your home. Doors located at the southern and western areas are more exposed to sun, which compromises their finish. Without sufficient protection, it wouldn’t take long for these doors to start swelling.
Renewal by Andersen windows and doors are guaranteed not to crack, warp or fade. We offer a wide selection of energy-efficient replacement doors in various styles and finishes.
How to Prevent Swelling
Doors can become harder to operate due to sticking paint. Make sure that your doors aren’t sticking due to sealant or paint. Sanding the sticky areas of the door should do the trick for this issue.
Reducing indoor humidity can help in preventing wood doors from swelling. Open your windows, or turn on your exhaust while cooking or showering. In some cases, refinishing the door fixes the problem. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendation when applying a new finish. Moreover, some doors are just beyond repair and would have to be replaced.
It’s best to let experts replace your old doors for proper installation. For quality door and window replacement services, choose Renewal by Andersen of Northwest Ohio. Call us at (419) 931-6087, or fill out our online form for a free estimate. We work with homeowners in Toledo, OH.