Why does my door keep moving?
I had a new front door fitted. It is a solid wooden fire door in a block of flats. 5 weeks after it was first fitted, it moved in its frame and it was sticking badly in the frame, so I had workmen come out and shave some off so it would not stick anymore. That was 3 and a half months ago. Recently, the door has started hitting the frame again, and I fear that it will get worse and start sticking in the frame again. Why does this keep happening?
- SteveLv 48 years agoFavorite Answer
Some of the information others have already provided has some pointers but I suspect they don't help you very much!
I suggest you start by looking around the door and frame to see if anything about the fitting means the door is moving. Firstly check the frame where it is fitted into the wall. Look to see if there are any gaps or cracks in the paintwork between the wooden frame and the wall. If there is some sign of movement you should see about getting the frame fixed securely. This requires special long bolts that may need fitting by someone who knows what they are doing. It is possible the wall of the building is moving but as you say you live in flats I think this is not likely but look for other signs of cracking in any walls around the door area. If there are signs of cracking then get this looked at because sticking doors certainly can be a sign of structural problems.
If you think the frame is secure then look at the gap around the door when it is closed to see where it is sticking and then look to see if the gap on the opposite side is larger than perhaps it should be. If this is the case it may be that the hinges are not securely screwed in. If this is the case or the gap on the hinge side is larger than a few millimetres you could take the door off of it's hinges and refit. You could possibly deepen the hole the hinges are fitted in so that the gap on the hinge side is reduced giving more space where it is rubbing.
Finally if the frame and hinges are secure then it must be that the door is swelling up. This could be because it is of poor quality or that moisture is getting in where the door was shaved off last time if it was not sealed correctly.
I suggest you get a good carpenter in to check the whole fitting, ensuring that it is fitted properly with a consistent gap on all sides (shaving more off of the door if absolutely needed) and then sealing the door with a good paint or varnish.
I know it can be annoying to have a door that sticks and most likely as the autumn turns into winter and the air becomes damper then it is likely to get worse.
- briggs451Lv 58 years ago
There could be several reasons. First make sure the hinges are not sprung and that the screws are fully set and tight.
If the new door is heavier than the old one, it may be that the hinges are not strong enough.
If the door swings inward, close the door with you standing inside. Look at the space between the door and frame. If it is even all way around, the doors is probably swelling. Along the top, if it's wider opposite the hinge side but parallel along the sides, the door is sagging. if it is parallel across the top but wider on the edge at the top or bottom, the frame is shifting.
A good wood sealer will prevent swelling.
If the door is sagging, install a cross brace. You can get them at the hardware store.
If the frame is shifting, it could be a structural problem with the building.Source(s): Been there
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- 8 years ago
There is a lot of moisture in the air at the moment due to adverse weather conditions. Most untreated wood will begin to stick or warp in this weather. Try a varnish or other wood protection
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- BazzaLv 78 years ago
All timber fluctuates in size according to the ambient moisture levels. You will just have to have it planed again. Inspect the joints closely as sometime these can open which is a sign of a badly constructed door. My bet is moisture absorption.
- 8 years ago
Wood has a tendency to swell as the air has more moisture and to shrink when the air gets dry. It sounds like they didn't acclimate to the temperature in your house.
- skibm80Lv 68 years ago
moisture in the air causing the wood door to swell.
- maz22 cLv 68 years ago
wood sometimes warps when the air is damp, you keep taking a bit off and you end up with a gap you could limbo under
- 8 years ago
because it is a compasishan door and it is made up of loads of timber it is not a solid peice of wood
- heart o' goldLv 78 years ago
Could be poor installation, could be the house or part of the structure settling.