Wooden doors are prone to swelling because wood is a porous material. Wood doors that don’t have a protective finish are likely to contract in dry air and expand in humid conditions.
Before you conclude that you’re dealing with door swelling, you have to do some investigating. First, you’ll need to check if it’s just paint or sealant sticking that’s making it hard to open and close the door. This can happen if a door has been recently finished. In this case, the sticky areas should be sanded.
If you’re planning to replace your old wooden door, you’ll want to take steps to reduce the risk of door swelling. These tips from Renewal by Andersen® of Cape Cod, a trusted door and window contractor, should have you covered.
1. Consider the Location of the Door and Your Home
Make sure your door isn’t located in an area where it receives a lot of direct sunlight, typically the southern and western areas of the home. If you live in a humid climate, you should be more wary of how certain materials react moisture-prone conditions. Door swelling is most common in southern humid states and northern snow states.
2. Limit Exposure to Moisture
For doors that aren’t in optimal locations, you’ll want to find a way to limit your door’s exposure to moisture. You can open windows or use a dehumidifier.
3. Invest in High-Quality Door Material
Andersen doors are made from Fibrex®, a durable and weather-proof material that ensures superior quality. Fibrex is also a sustainable material that lasts longer than traditional door materials such as vinyl or wood. Make sure to hire a qualified contractor to ensure the door is properly installed.
Renewal by Andersen of Cape Cod is a trusted door and window company that ensures superior products and services. Call us at (508) 205 1200 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We provide our expertise to customers in Cape Cod, MA, and nearby areas.