For the most part, wooden doors are great. They are durable, aesthetically pleasing, and can be painted any color you want. However, they are far from perfect as they do come with their own set of problems. One common problem many homeowners face is “sticky” doors. In today’s post, a door and awning contractor explains why this happens and shares a few tips on how this can be prevented.

Why Wood Doors Expand and What You Can Do To Prevent It

Door Swelling

As you know, wood’s natural enemy is water. Doors tend to swell when there is too much moisture is present in the air or if your area has seen a lot of rain recently. 

Even in the summer, it is not uncommon for your doors and windows to “stick” as the humidity levels outside increase. Even if the weather conditions are relatively dry, it is still possible for interior doors to swell. For instance, if you like taking long, hot showers, your bathroom doors may stick.

How To Prevent Wooden Doors From Swelling

Since absorbed moisture is the main culprit in door swelling, it makes sense to keep humidity levels down if you want to prevent the problem. One simple way to prevent your doors from absorbing too much moisture is to keep your home well-ventilated. Simply open your windows or turn on the exhaust to aid proper air circulation. 

You can also use exterior paint to treat your doors and give them an extra layer of protection from the elements. However, if you are not up to painting your wooden doors every year (which is recommended), you can opt to upgrade to doors with moisture-resistant properties.

Polar Bear is a trusted window and siding contractor serving homeowners in Seattle as well as its nearby areas. If you are thinking about giving your house that extra oomph, be sure to give us a call at (425) 290-5579 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with us today. 

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