Why Are Your Doors Sticking?

The warmer weather is here, and many are excited to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, there are a lot of changes that shift with the weather as well. One common change, especially with older homes, is that doors tend to stick when opening and closing them.

Does this happen to you? Have you gone to open a door and found that it suddenly took a lot more effort and yanking than it usually would? Have you been having to slam the door to get it to close all the way? If you answered yes to these questions, you are not alone. Many people find that their doors are quite a pain to deal with in the summer. The older the door, the more likely it is to have this problem.

But why does this happen? What makes a door stick?

As the heat increases, humidity levels tend to as well. When this happens, wood can absorb moisture, and this can cause it to expand. You might hear your home creaking in the summer as wood swells and contracts at different times of the day and during different weather. Perhaps, on a particularly warm and humid day, you find that you really have to tug on your door with all your effort to get it open. When doors swell, they expand in their frames, making it much more difficult to open and close them. This can be a pain for any homeowner. 

The good news is, most of the time, your door will contract when the weather cools. It might even change by that night or the next morning. However, if you find that this is a consistent problem, and your door is permanently sticking, it might be time to replace it. 

Are you considering adding a new door to your home? If so, give us a call so we can help get you started!

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