Having a malfunctioning front door can be an annoyance, but also a safety issue. If your door doesn't close properly, your home may be susceptible to burglary and break-ins. How much a door repair will cost depends on a number of factors.
Sticking and Swelling
This can be a day-to-day annoyance when it's difficult to open or shut the door. This is usually caused by a change in temperature or humidity, and can cause swelling and sticking of the door. This is a relatively easy fix, and just requires a little sanding and varnishing on the part of the door that sticking.
If a door is sagging under its own weight, it can be temporarily alleviated by sanding the upper part of the door, but additional repairs are required to be done to ensure it doesn't happen again and you won't be dealing with door replacement costs. This requires changing the screws from the upper hinge leaf that's attached to the door jam to three-inch decking screws. This needs to be done well to make sure you don't distort the swing of the door.
Draft in the Frame
A door that is not hung evenly can cause gaps that allow air to come into your home. The door repair cost for a drafty door depends on whether you decide to install weatherstripping or if you also add a storm door. Storm doors can also be fitted with a screen for the summer. Both of these will do a great job at cutting down on drafts and the door repair cost would be less than replacing the whole door.
Repair or Replace?
Door replacement costs vary, but are usually more than a simple repair. If the door itself is just damaged, but the door frame is still in good shape, then the replacement costs will be lower. In this case, the door slab would just be replaced by a new one. In other cases, the door framing, which includes the door jambs and threshold, needs to be redone. And one step further, if the wall studs have begun to bow and settle out of square, it becomes harder to simply replace the door, and the door replacement costs increase. Depending on the severity of your situation, some or all of these things will need to be addressed, and with more repair comes higher door replacement costs.
All of the options of doors make the door replacement costs variable, but taking the time to pick the right door for your climate, home and needs will ensure that you won't be incurring as many door repair costs in the future, so make sure to do your research and talk to a handyman first.
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