air leaking in door

Old 12-31-02, 11:30 AM
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Question air leaking in door

My front door which is painted dark green & has a brass handle, gets the evening sun. Needless to say alot of heat is built up on it.
I had a glass storm door installed 2 years ago on it.
Here's the problems:
1-both doors brass handles have started to detoriate
2-paint is peeling inside the door area
3-air is leaking inside the house & it's alot!

What do I need to do? I've had 3 different suggestions from 3 different repairmen ranging from replacing the weatherstripping to replacing the entire door frame (costing alot of $$$).
One repairmen said the door could not handle a glass front due to the heat & the reason it was leaking was due to the seal was broken, and if I didn't replace the entire door & frame, I'd be looking at water damage to the floor in a couple of years (the foyer inside the door area is oak wood floors). He also said I had wood rot on the outside of the door around the frame, but it was not near the glass door.

Another said, the door frame didn't need to be replaced, just replace the weatherstripping.

I'm really at a loss on this and need to have it repaired as soon as possible. All I know is during the winter it's freezing around the door & during the summer it's so hot, you can't even touch the door handles!

Can anyone recommend someone who is a door expert with experience with my situation that I can talk with about this? I know I'm losing alot of money on the heating/cooling of my house due to this!

Thanks, Billie Goodman
Old 12-31-02, 07:20 PM
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You did not mention whether or not it is a metal door. Metal doors should not have glass storm doors installed over them, the heat accumulation will destroy the door.

If you can see daylight around the weather stripping, then it needs replacement. That might resolve the air movement problem.

As far as the deterioration of the door and handle is concerned, sun and rain will destroy almost anything.

It would be a good idea to get the rotten wood repaired. It never improves on its own.
Old 01-01-03, 12:15 AM
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Chfite is right.

After you get the problems (rotten wood, door handles, and weatherstripping) fixed, may I suggest that you install some sort of a cover over this door to provide some sun and weather protection for it. Could be as simple as a door hood, a small lattice or patio cover, or as elaborate as extending the house roof to cover the porch.

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