There’s nothing more annoying than a door that just doesn’t close properly. Usually the trouble will lead to doors getting slammed, locks not working properly, or damage to the locking mechanism trying to force things to work. The good news is that the door itself is rarely the problem. Most of the issues are hardware or door jamb related and can be dealt with fairly easily.
If you have a door that’s not closing right, here are a few tips to help get you sorted.
Determine Why The Door Won’t Close
Probably the most important step in the entire process is determining why the door won’t close. Sometimes it’s not easy to see and takes a little detective work. Here are few common reasons:
Swollen Door or Frame
A very common problem with a door that won’t close, or a sticky door, is that the wooden door or frame has shrunk or expanded with the seasons or humidity in the air. Combined with any settling of the foundation over time, this problem can pop up any number of years after install.
Sometimes the answer is as simple as realigning the door or shaving a bit off the top or sides. You usually don’t want to adjust the entire frame, or door jamb, as there’s a lot more going on there that you don’t want to deal with.
The above really only applies to wooden doors and frames, as other materials don’t have the same ability to expand and contract. If your door is made of fibreglass, it shouldn’t be shrinking or expanding at all. If it’s a metal door, it’s possible it may expand a tiny bit, but usually this is factored into the jamb and shouldn’t cause issues.
Blocked or Bent Hinges
Your door hinges are another area that may not be obvious. Over time hinges may begin to warp, come loose, or the door may have been over-extended at some point. Sometimes there’s just a piece of something caught in there preventing the door from closing.
Misaligned Strike Plate
The most common reason a door won’t close is that the strike plate is no longer in line with the door hardware. If you’re not sure exactly what’s going on with the strike plate, you can mark the door latch with a bit of lipstick, close the door, and that will show you exactly how the latch is contacting the strike plate.
If you need to reposition the strike plate, you’ll probably need to use some wood filler, or glue with a wooden peg to fill the screw holes in order to set a new screw close to the old hole.
Broken Door Hardware
Lastly, check your hardware to see if it’s broken. A latch that has damaged internals may no longer be stiff – and the same is true of a deadbolt. If you can wiggle things more than a couple millimetres, you probably need some new door hardware.
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