Seasonal Affective Door Disorder
It’s not just people that can suffer from a change with the seasons. Seasonal Affective Disorder can also be experienced by your wooden doors. This is why, depending on the time of year, you can suddenly find yourself struggling to open or close the doors in your home, wondering what the problem could be when it fit perfectly in the frame just a few months ago.
Wooden doors are porous, and even with adequate protection can be susceptible to contraction in dry conditions and expansion in humid conditions. It will therefore come as no surprise that bathroom doors and exterior doors can be the trickiest doors to open and close in the home.
A hotly discussed topic between those in the door industry, expanding and contracting doors can indeed be prevented. Doors that are over-exposed to moisture, that haven’t been coated with a water-repellent finish, are likely to suffer the most. Choosing an exterior wooden door may cause you problems, but internal doors can be easily protected by taking precautions.
First of all, reduce moisture in the room by making sure that you open a window during showers or use a dehumidifier. If this doesn’t help, upgrade to a more heavy-duty treatment such as refinishing the door. This may mean removing the door and rehanging it, but it should solve your seasonal sticking problem for at least a few years. Still not satisfied? Try planing the door where it sticks the most – but make sure to avoid the side with the lock!
Remember, though. Wood is a natural material and is likely to move depending on the temperature and humidity of the environment no matter what kind of treatment you apply. Internal doors should expand and contract only slightly depending on how consistent the temperature and moisture exposure of the home, always managing to return to their equilibrium and straighten to a normal plane on their own.
External doors are particularly affected by seasonal affective disorder. You should always check the mechanisms and inner workings of external doors each season in case your door has been affected in a potentially harmful way. A visual inspection should help you spot signs such as rust or loose mechanisms, but if you’re still worried about the functionality of your external door after a period of expansion or contraction, simply lubricate any moving metal parts to return it to peak performance.
If you feel that any doors in your home have been damaged beyond repair by seasonal affective disorder, take a look at our internal, external and patio door collections for suitable replacements of a high quality from Leader Doors.