6 Common Reasons for Sticking Doors & When to Replace Them

Are the doors in your home or business starting to stick? There could be several reasons for doors not easily opening and shutting. You shouldn’t have to put muscle into it every time you open or close your doors. Many times, it’s an easy fix that requires a bit of troubleshooting. Other times, it’s time for door replacement.

If your doors are broken or damaged, it can present a serious problem for homeowners and businesses owners. Broken doors can cause wasted heat and electricity, as well as pose a security concern. Whatever the problem you’re having with your doors, Reflect Window & Door can help. We service residential homes, as well as commercial business needs.

Six Common Reasons your Doors are Sticking

  1. Incorrect Installation

Your doors might be sticking due to improper installation. If this is the reason, it’s an easy fix. Human error happens all the time and it simply means the door should be taken off and reinstalled correctly. This is the best-case scenario reason for your door sticking, it means there are no larger issues at hand.

  1. Hot Weather/Humidity

Hot weather causes wood to expand and contract, which can create issues with your door. Once the door is no longer the size it should be to perfectly fit within the frame, it will start to stick. To fix this issue, take the door off its frame and sand it to fit the frame again.

  1. Dirt Build-Up

Sometimes the reason for a sticky door is as simple as dirt build-up. Doors should be cleaned every few months or so to ensure it opens and closes properly. Clean the door edges and hinges and see if that fixes the issue.

  1. Hinge Alignment Issue

The hinges could be the reason for a sticky door. If the screws become loose on the door’s hinges, the hinges will start to sag, and the door won’t function at its best. This can happen if there are small children in the house pulling at the door, but it’s an easy fix.

  1. Wear and Tear

Typical wear and tear might cause doors to stick. If the doors have been used for many years, natural wear and tear will occur. If this is the case, it might be time to replace your doors altogether.

  1. Foundation Shifting

Problems with your home’s foundation could be the culprit in your door sticking issues. If no other reason from this list applies to your sticking door problem, it’s time to get your foundation inspected. If there are other signs your foundation is shifting, such as other doors in the house sticking, cracks in your paint or drywall and creaky floors, it’s time to call in a professional.

When It’s Time for Door Replacement

It’s time to replace your doors when none of these reasons apply and the door has reached the end of its lifespan. Sticky doors can worse over time, which can cause both home security risks and become frustrating to the homeowner. Reflect Window & Door can provide residential or commercial door replacement services.

We’ll visit your home or business, examine your problem, and provide a solution that fits your needs. We can provide all of the door parts and replacement hardware that you need, as well as a complete repair or replacement service.