The entry doors of your homes are much more than a barrier against the elements outside. They reflect yourself and the value you place on your home’s quality and maintenance. Knowing some of the most common residential door issues will help you extend the life of your front door and keep it looking new. With the help of our door experts, let us learn about the most common door problems and their quick fixes.
The entry doors do not latch on their strike plate
If your door does not latch properly, the latch is missing the hole in the striking plate on the door frame. Repeated use of the door eventually leads to the sagging of the door, leading to misalignment. It could also be that the strike plate is set up too low or too high. Sometimes, all it takes to resolve the problem is to tighten the hinges on the door jamb side using 3-inch screws so the door frame can adequately support the door. Another solution is to move the strike plate up or down to align it with the latch. If this does not solve the problem, try enlarging the strike plate with a utility knife or small file to make enough room for the latch to fit through.
The door lets drafts in
Ineffective weatherstripping (or lack thereof) will let drafts come in through the door. Over time, the weatherstripping around your door will wear, tear, or break. Fortunately, replacing door weatherstripping is a simple project involving a trip to the hardware store. All you need is the right material, some measuring, and cutting, and you can outfit your door with weather-protecting seals before you know it. Before installing the weatherstripping, ensure that the door is flushed against its frame and make adjustments if necessary. Remember to compliment your new weatherstripping with a new door sweep.
The entry doors make squeaking noises
A simple solution for a squeaking door is lubricating the hinges. Wax, grease, or cooking oil can do the trick, although using a lubricant compatible with metal parts is best like WD-40. You may need to use a hammer to remove the pins and coat the shafts. To allow the lubricant to work its way down the hinges, open and close the door numerous times. After that, your front door should no longer squeak.
The door sticks at the top corner
It is normal for doors to stick in the top corner opposite the hinges. This is because gravity will pull the door away from the top hinges over time. However, you can fix a door that sticks or rubs in the frame by tightening the screws on the hinges. Even better, consider replacing the screws with longer ones that will drive through the door jamb and grip the hinges into the framing behind.
The latch is sticking in the door
If the door latch keeps getting stuck, perhaps the screws on the doorknob are overtightened, causing the knobs to bind. Loosening the screws on the doorknob can work. You can also try and remove the doorknob and lubricate the latch on the inside of the door. Replace the knob and turn it several times to spread the lubrication. If nothing works, the doorknob may need to be replaced. Fortunately, this quick remedy takes around five minutes to complete.
Are you having trouble with your entry doors? MacArthur Locks and Doors will help you find the most effective solutions. We offer a wide range of lock and door services to fit your needs. Whether you are looking for locksmith services, front door repair, or door replacement, we are here to help. We pride ourselves on being the leading provider of lock and door solutions in Washington, DC, so you can rest assured that your doors are in good hands with us. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.