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How to Deal with Swollen Wood Doors

Have you ever experienced difficulty closing your doors? If so, then you ‘ve probably encountered swollen doors. This is a common dilemma among homeowners, and a familiar conversation among door and window installation companies. Local experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis list several reasons why your door swells so you can prevent them from happening, along with essential tips on how to fix your door in case swelling has already started.

What Causes a Door to Swell or Expand?

Humidity—excessive moisture in air—is the number one enemy of doors. When humidity levels outside begin to rise, paint becomes sticky and wood features, as a natural substance, start to expand. This is also the main reason why bathroom doors and front doors have the tightest fit.

How to Fix a Swollen Door?

Switching to energy-efficient windows and doors is the smartest decision more and more homeowners are starting to make. Instead of incorporating materials known to leak or warp like wood or vinyl, consider using  ProVia® doors in Memphis. These consist of Fibrex® frames—highly durable and environmentally responsible—and High-Performance™ Low-E® glass that increases energy efficiency up to 70% in summer and up to 45% in winter.

While you’re waiting for your door replacement to cut energy costs, you can also consider some easy yet effective ways to reduce the chances of your doors swelling.

Limit moisture by simply opening a window or turning on the exhaust fan to pull moisture from the area during showers.

Apply new, thicker finish to make the door more moisture-resistant. If you have the time and budget, you can include an entire series of coats and some coloring steps in between.

Need help with your old doors? Renewal by Andersen of Memphis offers ENERGY STAR® windows and patented materials to provide you with only the best products you deserve.

Call us at (901) 779 1178 for a free quote, or fill out this contact form to learn more details.

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