Time ages all living things and since the wood taken from trees was once living, it too will age. We use wood for the majority of our doors in the home. In fact, one could easily say that almost every single door is purely made of wood. As wood ages, it bends, splinters, cracks and can begin to even expand to disproportionate shapes and sizes. This can mean our doors get misaligned in the home. When you try to shut a door that is perhaps bent and torqued, it will fight against you. You’ll need to push it harder into the frame in order for it to go in and close tightly. All of this does not bode well for the home decor and the standard of living you want to keep. It just looks bizarre when you have some kind of wrestling match with your living room door and guests are over watching in cowed embarrassment. For every door problem, there is a solution so get ready to get your hands dirty.
The classic creaking
Creaking doors are perhaps the easiest to fix. They are old and withered and their gentle screams of age can be doused simply. First thing’s first, check it’s not the nails in the hinges becoming loose. Tighten them with a screwdriver while the door is fully open. Smear some grease on the hinge joints themselves as the sound could be coming from metal on metal scraping. Tighten the inner door frame as the loose wood nearest to the door could be causing a friction rubbing.
That strange rattling
Rattling indoor is not so common, it means something with the moving parts is not right. Usually, however, the culprit is the door handle. One way you can see if the door handle and or lock is the issue is, by manually trying to move the door lock up and down, and side to side. If you can see obvious movement then you’ll need to replace the door handle and lock to a brand new system. The wood can torsion and eventually become larger in size, which causes the wear and tear on the lock and handle to increase. Larger handles and locks fill into the wood tightly, so the rattling should stop.
The drastic malfunction
Of all the doors in the home, the very last one you want to have fail on you is the garage door. There’s no way to get your car out, and if you’re late for work you might be trapped. Some doors do have a manual override but even then, lifting up a heavy metal or wooden door is not ideal. For something that is mechanically wrong, you’ll need an expert who garage door repair to have a look at it. It could be the chain, the mechanical housing i.e. the box that hangs overhead or on attached to the wall. Don’t put yourself in a dangerous position as this kind of heavy-duty stuff should be done by professionals.
Doors age just like we do. The wood gets a little weaker, it cracks easier, can begin to bend and not allow the door to close properly. There are some easy and not so easy solutions to every door problem, it just depends which is most concerning to your home.