They’re tricky to spot and not always repairable. If you’ve got warped doors, Jacksonville’s Dream Doors can help.
Well, it's pretty easy to see that this door is warped. But it's not always easy to spot a less severely warped door at your home or building.
Warped doors, also referred to as twisted doors, are most easily spotted when toe door is closed. The tell-tale sign is one corner of the door being flush with the door jamb while the opposite corner sticks away from the jamb. But that tell-tale sign can be a tricky one, too. That’s because the corner of the door that is sticking away from the door jamb may not be part of the warped door.
To pinpoint which door is the warped culprit, open it and place a four-foot level along the latch stile (the vertical edge of the door that includes the latch). If the level is off, your door likely is warped.
If a door is only slightly warped, some will attempt to straighten it out by placing a foot on the bottom corner of the door and pulling the top corner of the door in the opposite direction of the warp. Trouble is, this can loosen the rail and stile joints on your door, particularly if it’s a wooden door. A much more effective repair option is to remove the door stop and reinstall it to better match the profile of the door.
Of course, there may be no repair to a more severely warped door. Jacksonville’s Dream Doors can not only replace your warped exterior door, but expand your doorway, adding beautiful glass sidelights. If you’re in the market for a new doorway, browse our online selection including our Specials & Closeouts section where you’ll find gorgeous decorative door glass. Some are special volume purchases, manufacturers’ closeouts and discontinued items – all available at incredible low prices.
Don’t let a warped door warp your home’s overall look and perceived value. Browse our online store or stop by Dream Doors’ Jacksonville showroom in the Mandarin area.
We receive several calls each week from people who are convinced they need a new door. It has become standard procedure for us to ask “what do you see or experience with your door that makes you believe a new replacement is necessary?”
In our experience, many people believe the problems they are experiencing with their door constitute a replacement. Many times that is not the case. For instance, when they see light around the perimeter of the door, they assume the door is warped. Or if the closed door is hard to latch, and they see a gap either at the top or bottom, they naturally conclude the door may be warped. Air felt blowing past a door, water leakage, cracked panels or molding trim around the glass, loose locksets or a door that just won’t stay shut often leads people to believe they need a complete door replacement.
Sometimes there are good and compelling reasons to replace a door. For instance, older wood doors do tend to warp. Some split in places making repair difficult or too expensive. Or perhaps a steel door is rusting out from the inside. Wood rot or termite damage may have damaged the jambs (frame) so severely that replacement is the only reasonable option.
At Dream Doors, we always ask specific questions to determine the condition of your door. This potentially saves you the expense and inconvenience of a door replacement. Many times a simple adjustment, or new weather stripping, or a new lockset is sufficient to bring that old door into a satisfactory condition.
While we generally do not repair doors, we will if the purchase of decorative glass is made from our company. Once we come to install the glass into your door, we will inspect and inform you what additional repairs are recommended and how much they will cost if purchased from our company. You may also opt to have a handyman or someone else to make those repairs.
If you have a door problem…or just think you may have one, call Dream Doors or another reputable company that you trust to give your door an evaluation. You may find you don’t need to replace that old door after all!