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French Door Repair Guide

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French Door Repair Guide

French doors are classy and elegant. They’re often seen as an alternative to sliding glass doors; instead of one large pane of sliding glass, French doors are usually double doors with glass panes inside of them. French doors can lead onto a balcony, a patio, or just into another room.


When any door in your home is in need of repair, it’s important to have the problem fixed as soon as possible. That’s because a broken door can also be a potential safety or security hazard. You don’t want loved ones hurting themselves in your home and you certainly don’t want your broken door to be the weak link a burglar uses to get to your valuables.


So, when your French door needs fixing, it’s no small matter.

  1. 1.Step One

    When any door in your home is in need of repair, it’s important to have the problem fixed as soon as possible

    The first step is to figure out what the problem is. There are lots of reasons a door might need repair. If you are having problems getting your doors to close correctly, you may need a new latch. If you are having problems opening and closing the door (or doors), its hinges could be rusted or in need of lubrication. It could be that one or more of the glass panes in your door are cracked and broken. Perhaps your problem is that your door or door frame is rotting or warped and needs to be replaced.

  2. 2.Step Two

    Once you’ve ascertained what the problem is, you have to figure out whether you will fix it yourself or if you’d rather contract the job out. Base your decision on the complexity of the problem and how comfortable you are making repairs. If your problem is relatively simple, you can look online for step-by-step guides, read a book or head down to a home improvement store and ask an employee for help. If you decide the level of work needed is beyond your expertise, find a professional to do the job for you.

  3. 3.Step Three

    Figure out what materials you’ll need to complete the fix. If you’re doing the work yourself, you may purchase door parts at a home improvement store, but, if you have a specific style of door or want a certain look, you may even go online. Make sure you have the tools you’ll need and keep them handy near the worksite. If you have hired someone to fix your French doors, discuss how much the materials will cost. Make sure your contractor provides you with a written cost estimate so that you won’t get any nasty (and expensive) surprises when the repair is complete.

  5. 4.Step Four

    Keep the area around the door clear while it’s being worked on. Let other members of your household know that they won’t be able to use that door while the work is going on. You may want to schedule the repair work in the middle of a workday so that your house will be empty. If you (or your contractor) are doing work that requires that glue or sealant has time to dry and set, make sure no one touches or uses the door while that happens.

  6. 5.Step Five

    Once your door is fixed, make sure to take care of it. Don’t slam your door or yank the handles too violently. Keep the glass panes clean. Oil your door hinges as needed. Your door may have come with manufacturers’ instructions when you purchased it. Make sure you read and then follow those instructions.


    French doors are a great asset to your home, but, like anything in your home, they can fall into disrepair. Follow these steps and you’re sure to have them looking like new in no time!

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