8 Common Door Problems that Arise in the Winter




Winter has settled here in Cleveland, and cold temperatures with snow often bring trouble to your home. Although your front door is designed to protect your home against blustery winds and snow, there are several problems that may arise this time of year:

1. Your Door Binds in the Upper Corner

This is one of the most common winter weather woes for entry doors. When your door binds in the upper corner of the jamb, it’s a result of the door pulling down at an angle from the top corner. Changing weather can cause the door or its frame to expand and contract, which causes it to get stuck.

Keep in mind that the space between the door and the jamb—otherwise known as the reveal—should be about the thickness of a nickel. This will help prevent binding during the wintertime.  

2. Loose Screws

During the wintertime, screws may come lose from your door. Like door binding, this is also caused by changes in humidity. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can cause several issues. Loose screws can cause your door to sag and not fit squarely within the frame. It can also cause the door to rub or stick against the frame.

You can easily tighten the screws to solve the problem, but if the screws are stripped you may need to drill new pilot holes for new screws.

3. Door Stays Open

The last thing any homeowner wants is a door that stays open during the winter. This is yet another sign that the door isn’t fitting squarely within the frame. The door jambs are likely not standing vertical and leaning toward the left or the right side.

One fix for this is to is to move the top hinge leaf away from the door stop molding.

4. Door Latch Misses the Strike Plate

When the door latch misses the strike plate, this typically means that the strike plate is misaligned. This is another easy fix that requires adjusting the strike plate so it properly aligns with the door.

5. Door Fades from Inclement Weather

Winter weather here in Cleveland is cold, snowy, and wet. This can cause your door to fade and lose its vibrant color. Consider weatherproofing your door or choosing a material such as fiberglass that’s resistant to such conditions.

6. Worn Out Weatherstripping

The purpose of weatherstripping is to block drafts from the outdoors. If you feel drafts around your door, install new weatherstripping to help save more energy this winter.

7. No Silent Nights with Squeaking Doors

That annoying squeaking and creaking of your door is a sign that winter has arrived. You can silence a squeaky door by using petroleum jelly that works its way into the hinge and adheres to it, so it won’t make a mess like other lubricants.

8. Door Won’t Latch

If your door just won’t stay shut, it may be a result of loose hinges. Tightening the top and bottom hinges can help solve this problem, but don’t strip the screws—this may loosen the door even more.

If your door is worn and losing energy from your home, contact Universal Windows Direct to discuss more options for a better quality door.