Residential Door Repair in Washington

Residential Door Repair Washington

Project Description

A homeowner in Washington, DC, called MacArthur Locks & Doors for a residential door repair service. The door jamb of their bedroom cracked and split when they forced it open during a lockout. We filled and glued the cracks, secured the jamb in place with steel screws, and repainted the entire door frame. We also installed their door with a new door knob. The delighted homeowner was astounded by our excellent service and how quickly everything was completed.

The door frame is a framework that supports the door. Door frames are constructed of timber, composite material, and aluminum and come in various thicknesses and widths. Door frames are critical to any door installation and can make or break your entry or exit experience. Although door frames are essential for a sturdy and safe door, some issues may still arise. One of these common issues is cracked door frames.

Can you fix a cracked door frame yourself?

If your door has been kicked in and the frame is cracked, use wood glue, wood filler, and a clamp to repair the damage. A repair kit or reinforcement plate may be required in more severe cases. A door jamb repair kit usually includes a heavy-duty striking plate and an overlay to hide cracks and reinforce the frame.

Inspect the condition of the door and the door frame

Start by examining the door and door frame and determine the extent of the damage. A split or crack is simple to repair. In more severe cases, such as forced entry, wood rot, or warping, the solution might require the use of a repair kit or the complete replacement of the door or door frame.

Clear the door frame of splints

If the damage is only a crack or a split, clean them well of splints. You can use a heavy-duty box cutter to scrape away splints of wood. Then, with a dust rag or vacuum cleaner, remove dust and debris on the crack or split before applying it with wood filler and glue for better adhesion. 

Apply wood glue

Applying wood glue is the best option if there is a split in the door frame that needs to be closed. Push the wood glue as deeply as possible into the split when applying it. Afterward, keep the door frame in place with wood clamps until the adhesive has completely cured. Experts advise drying it overnight.

Apply wood filler

Wood filler is the right product to use for cracks that only need to be filled (not closed). Water-based wood fillers are recommended for interior door frames, while solvent-based wood fillers are for exterior door frames. Allow the wood filler to dry thoroughly, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Sand down and repaint the frame

Work on the door frame's cosmetic issues after the wood glue or filler has been set. Sand down the spots where the wood glue or filler was applied until they are smooth, then double-check that the surface is clean and ready for painting. You may use a layer of priming before applying one to two coats of paint.

Test the door against the door frame

Test the door, ensuring it swings at a 90-degree angle. You should also double-check that it latches entirely and, if applicable, locks correctly. Finally, ensure no significant gaps exist between the door and the door frame.

Residential door and lock services near me

At MacArthur Locks & Doors, we pride ourselves on providing the DMV area with high-quality door and lock solutions. We have built our reputation on ensuring a great customer experience. Our team is detail-oriented and will always work quickly to complete door repairs and door replacements. We have helped hundreds of homeowners improve their homes without breaking the bank. If you are looking for a locksmith or door repair company that you can rely on, look no further than MacArthur Locks & Doors. Contact us today for more information.

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