3 Easy Fixes To Preserve Your French Doors

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The installation of French doors can complement your home's exterior. However, on occasion, the doors might experience problems. Fortunately, most of those problems are easily resolvable with minor adjustments. Here are some of the most common issues you could face and what you can do to fix them.

Warped Doors

Swelling and warping can occur with any wood product, and your doors are no different. This is a common occurrence when the doors are exposed to a lot of moisture, such as from rain and snow. Although you cannot control the environment overall, you can safeguard your doors from warping. 

Before hanging your doors, apply a couple of coats of moisture-resistant finish. Not only will the finish help to shore your doors up against moisture, but they will add to the door's attractiveness. Remember to coat every edge, including the top and bottom of the door. If you have already hung your doors, have them removed, washed, and then you can stain them. 

Loose Hinges

During installation, the hole in which the hinge's screws are placed can possibly be stripped. Once the hole is stripped, it is too big for the screw to be secured. This can also happen over a period of time as your doors are used. Most of the time, this problem can be resolved without the need to even leave your home. 

The most important thing is refilling the hole with wood so that you can put the screw back into the hole. You can use toothpicks or matchsticks to fill the hole. Simply fill the hole with wood glue and then fit as many toothpicks or matchsticks as you can into it. Allow the glue in the hole to dry and trim off the excess wood. You can now re-insert the screw into the hole. 

Leakage

As wind and rain hit your French doors, the seam between the swinging door and the glass panel can start to weaken. As a result, you could experience leakage when it rains whenever there is a strong storm that consists of high winds. To resolve this issue, you need to create a barrier to protect your doors. 

A great way to do this is to place a few shrubs near the doors. The shrubs will provide a break from the wind and prevent the seam from weakening. You can also add a screen door or even an awning to protect your doors. 

Any other problems that come up with your doors are usually easily repaired. Talk to your contractor to find quick fixes to help preserve the integrity of your doors. 

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