Exterior wood door expansion

Old 04-11-08, 03:41 PM
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Exterior wood door expansion

In January, I had an exterior wood door installed. Recently, as the weather has warmed up, the door has begun sticking. Is this due to the rising temps and the door, or door frame is expanding? I was supposed to put a layer of polyurathane(sp?) on, but was waiting till it warmed up so I could take the door off and due it outside and prevent my home from being as cold as outside. How/Can I remedy this? Should I shave the door back and then add the layer of polyurathane? Should I wait till it's real hot and the door has stopped expanding and then shave back and coat? Thanks for the help.
Old 04-11-08, 04:07 PM
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Hello, and welcome to the forums!

I don't think you need wait. Once you've planed and sealed, it shouldn't continue to swell.

Before you take it down, though, be sure all the screws were tight and the frame hadn't racked. It would be a shame to trim the door if it didn't actually need trimming

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Solid wood expands and contracts as temp and humidity fluctuate. Exterior wood doors need protection from sun and elements with overhang or deep recess. Door should have been sealed prior to installation. Both sides and all edges, including top and bottom helps prevent wood door from absorbing humidity. You may get away with sanding off a little wood or using a planer to remove a little in areas where door sticks.

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