Types of Repairs Door Doctor Offers
Call Door Doctor to evaluate, stabilize, adjust, and repair your problem door. Below are just a few of the dozens of door problems that we fix.
- The door was not properly installed
- The door has been damaged
- Daylight is seen around the door or you feel air flowing through it
- The door will not stay shut or latched
- The door is difficult to lock
- You have to struggle or fight your door to use it
- Your door’s operation changes with the seasons
- Your house’s foundation moved or settled, impacting the door
- The door rubs on the floor
Why Do Doors Need Adjustment?
The most common causes are: Iimproper installation, house / foundation / soil movement, factory defects in the doors themselves, damage to or improper use or abuse of the door, and wearing out of parts (for example: lockset latches and sliding glass door roller bearings / assemblies). Many doors have not been properly installed.
Unlike us at Door Doctor, many carpenters and general door installers are given incentives to cut corners during installation — they have to focus on speed. Plus, many doors are shipped from the factory with loose screws. Worse, screws and shims are often inadequate or missing. Often the wrong screws are used in the hinges by less caring installers.
Sometimes doors are just barely working when the installers leave, then later — over time — the house or door moves a little and the door is no longer easy to use. Some foundations fluctuate seasonally or with rainfall and doors in these situations must be adjusted to have more room to move as the house moves around them. These doors can also benefit from weatherstripping, strike plates, and other products that have been designed to be more accommodating to movement. These products must be specially ordered and are not locally available.
Door Doctor is aware of all the fixes for the above issues, keeps special order door products as well as almost all other door parts in stock AND has them on hand during service calls. Proper door adjustment and/or repair may require some or all of these steps:
- Examine the door to determine the cause of the problem
- Discuss repair options
- Stabilize the door to minimize future movement
- Adjust the door
- Repair the door (if necessary)
- Monitor the door to see if any further work is needed (some doors may require a second visit, especially if soil / groundwater conditions have substantially changed)