3 Common Door Problems During Winter

Dec 13, 2019 | Home Improvement

You might not think that your door can be a source of issues during the winter season, but any good home renovation and roofing contractor knows that this isn’t that far-fetched. A lot of things can affect your door when the winter season sets in. In fact, we sometimes get calls for dealing with this seemingly simple problem.

In case you’re not entirely sold on the idea that winter can affect your door and its parts, Turner Home Improvement Contractors shares a shortlist of how this season can bring about problems for the various doors you may have in your home–and how you can deal with them.

Icy Locks

Believe it or not, the lock on your door can be a problem this season. The increased moisture in the air and the snow that surely gets on your doorknob for outdoor-facing doors can also get into the lock’s mechanism. What’s worse is that this moisture can even freeze, leading to an inoperable lock.

How do you deal with such a thing? The easiest way is to heat up your key with a lighter or candle, and plug it into the lock. The heat should melt/evaporate the excess moisture, which should be all you need to get the lock moving again.

Worn Weatherstripping

Just like your replacement window, doors usually have some sort of weatherstripping around them that keeps out drafts from entering through the gaps around your door and doorframe. While weatherstripping wearing out isn’t exactly a winter issue, this can be most felt during winter, when maintaining heat within your home is important.

So what do you do when your weatherstripping is worn out? Replacing weatherstripping isn’t a very complicated task, but if you want to get it done properly, consider calling a specialist over to get the installation done for you.

Faded Color

Entry doors and patio doors are often exposed to the elements, and constant exposure to the cold and the wet can make the color of your door begin to fade. The bad news is, this is natural. Inclement weather will always affect the color of your door.

The good news is that this can be prevented by coating the door with a treatment that keeps the moisture out. There are also door replacements made of materials that can resist this fading, just like your siding replacement.

If you want to learn more about the other door issues you might encounter in the winter, give Turner Home Improvement Contractors a call. Give us a call at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve residents of Wethersfield, CT, and surrounding areas.