French Doors Sticking? Troubleshooting Tips You Should Know

Posted on: 10 January 2016

French doors are an elegant touch for most any home, whether you install them indoors or on an exterior wall. Unfortunately, the wood frame construction of those doors make them vulnerable to sticking. Wood is susceptible to moisture. That moisture is ultimately likely to cause the wood to swell in a humid claim. This swelling can cause the doors to stick. Sometimes, you'll need to adjust those doors to account for it. Here are some tips to help you do that.

Gather Your Supplies

To fix stuck patio doors, you'll need a few things to help you. Here are some of the things you'll want to have on hand.

  • Flat-bladed screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Carbon paper

Secure the Hinges

When the wood swells and the door starts sticking, it can loosen the screws and hinges on the door. Over time, this may cause the door to sag and shift. This often worsens the sticking. Sometimes, you can ease the problem by tightening the screws on the hinges. Check each of the screws on the door frame to be sure that all of them are tight.

Tighten the Knobs and Locks

A loose lock assembly or door knob on a French door may cause the door to stick a bit when you open or close it. This often happens because the latch sticks or drags across the door frame. Tighten the screws on each door knob and lock assembly to be sure that they aren't causing drag.

Identify the Tight Spots

Sometimes, it can be tough to determine exactly where the rubbing and sticking is coming from. If you're trying to narrow down the problem areas, the best way to do that is often with carbon paper. Tape a small piece on the door where you suspect it might be rubbing or sticking. Secure it with masking tape so that it doesn't lift the paint or leave any sticky mess behind later.

The carbon paper will leave some color behind on the door in any area where it contacts, so you can spot where it's rubbing together. Secure the carbon paper on the door, then open and close it several times. This will help you spot the areas that are rubbing. Use sandpaper on the areas where the carbon paper transferred to smooth the edges down.

Sometimes, even your best efforts won't be enough to deal with sticking on your French doors. If this is the case, reach out to a local French door contractor for professional support. He or she can examine the doors and the frame to help you spot the source of the problem and fix it.

To learn more about French doors, contact a company like Fas Windows and Doors