Tips & Advice
What are the most common door repair issues?
The most common door repair issues include broken or faulty hinges; door misalignment due to age, wear, weather (humidity, etc.) and foundation shifting; lock and striker failure and/or misalignment; door jamb cracking; and frame breakage.
What are the most common residential door materials?
The most common residential door materials are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Each material has unique advantages and disadvantages, as well as providing use-specific solutions.
Masonite, also known as treetox, torex, hernit, Isorel, and quarterboard, is made when wood fibers are pressure-molded and steam cooked into a hardboard material. This creates a fiberglass-type material that is used to make doors. It is generally considered a cheaper and lighter option than wood and solid-core doors, and is a favorite of residential developers.
How many hinges does an interior door need?
Interior doors generally only require two hinges. Interior doors are typically lighter than exterior doors, so two hinges should be able to handle the job. However, if you are going with a solid core door internally, three hinges are better to handle the extra weight.
Hollow core vs solid core doors
Price, sound reduction, and strength are the primary differences between hollow and solid core. Solid core doors are preferred as external doors because they provide greater noise reduction, strength, and protection. Generally, internal doors are hollow, unless you want additional sound protection. Solid core doors are more expensive because, well, there’s more door. If you are installing it yourself, solid core doors can be more challenging to hang due to greater weight.
When should a front door be replaced?
There are three general considerations for door replacement: aesthetic, function, and quality. Aesthetically, doors might be replaced if a house is being remodeled or the door is out of style. If your door does not function properly (does not open and close correctly, does not retain heat or cold, or does not muffle sound), it might be time to replace it. Worn, poor-fitting, and low-quality doors can be visually unpleasant, an economic liability, and a potential safety hazard if they fail to provide a safe, reliable barrier.
A peep hole is a small glass insert that fits into your door, usually above the handle near the center of the door. The peephole is designed to give the occupant a view of who or what is outside the door, while simultaneously not allowing the outsider a clear view inside.
Can a broken door frame be repaired?
Provided it has not suffered excessive damage, a broken or damaged door frame can absolutely be repaired and you can even DIY. A common frame failure is where the striker meets the striker plate on the door jamb. Due to age, weather, and wear, the frame can separate and fracture where the striker plate is screwed into the jamb. These can often be repaired by you or a contractor.