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Door Frame Repair Guide

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Door Frame Repair Guide

You never know how important your door’s frame is until it’s broken. Most homeowners probably go in and out of doors in their homes without giving their door frames a second thought. However, as soon as a problem comes up that renders the door unusable, they learn just how important a door frame really is.


There are many reasons you could have problems with your door frame. The wood that makes up the door frame could be rotting, the frame could have experienced some kind of trauma, or you could be experiencing a hardware problem – something related to the door’s hinges or latch.

  1. 1.Identify the Door Frame Problem

    Most homeowners probably go in and out of doors in their homes without giving their door frames a second thought.

    Try to figure out why your door frame isn’t working properly. If parts of it are rotted or damaged, that could be obvious – but it might not be. Check for signs of rust around the door hinges. Carefully examine all the places where the wood meets to look for cracks, warping, mold or mildew. Sometimes, it may be hard to identify the problem. If you are experiencing problems getting the door to latch, the issue could be the door itself, the door frame, or both.

  2. 2.Find a Door Frame Professional

    A good professional will further help you figure out what the problem is – and outline ways to fix it. Most companies will come to your home, take a look at your problem and give you a cost estimate – free of charge. If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck, get a few estimates and compare prices. Keep in mind, though, that cheaper isn’t always better. You don’t want to have to fix the same problem over and over because of shoddy workmanship. The internet is a great resource for finding professionals in your area. Look online for workers in your area. Nowadays, many companies take care to have up-to-date informative websites with testimonials from past customers and photos of past work.

  3. 3.Door Frame Price Negotiation

    Everyone has heard home repair horror stories – the contractor who took the home owner’s money and left them high and dry, or the home owner who had to deal with a price tag that went higher and higher as the work continued. Take steps to protect yourself to make sure that doesn’t happen to you. A good contractor will provide a detailed, written estimate for their work. They should outline how much the parts will cost, plus how much they’ll charge for labor. Usually, a down payment is required, with the rest to be paid upon completion. Be wary of contractors who ask you to pay for the entire job up front.

  5. 4.Check The Door Framing Job for Errors

    Once the work is done – talk to your contractor about ways to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again. If your frame was warped or rotted due to water damage, you may want to investigate the source of the water and how to reduce the amount of moisture in your home. The problem could be resolved by simply asking other members of your family to be careful opening and shutting doors, or making sure your kids don’t roughhouse inside. Consider what you can do to make sure your door frame stays intact as long as possible.


    The best kind of consumer is an informed one. Do your homework and hire help carefully to get your work done the way you’d like.

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