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8 Common Door Repairs You Need to Know

Although exterior doors don't get that much attention, they're a very important part of your home. Not only do they serve the basic function of letting people in and out of your house, but they also contribute to its overall curb appeal—creating a beautiful first impression for visiting friends and family. Your entrance ways also provide privacy and security—by keeping intruders out. Thus, they contribute to the overall safety of your property.

But like anything else in your home, your doors will need a little work now and then to keep them in tip-top shape. Hinges get rusty and possibly break, wood frames warp and rot while your screens tear. When your entryways need repairs, it can feel frustrating and inconvenient. But the good news is, the team at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket have the skills, tools and know-how to get your doors looking good as new in no time.

Not only do we offer high quality workmanship, but our team is also known throughout NoVA for our dedication to customer service. From our hardworking, highly skilled technicians to our friendly office staff who keep operations running smoothly, we'll deliver a positive experience with our company with each job.

No matter what exterior door repairs you need completed, you can trust the experts at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket to help. We can assist with the following issues, and more!

1. Peeling Paint

Although peeling paint is unattractive and may be perceived as a mere aesthetic issue, paint actually plays a key role in preventing water damage. When it's chipped or missing, not only does your door look run down, but it also may succumb to issues like warping, molding and rotting.

2. Wood Rot

If parts of your entryway are made out of wood—from the panel to frame or jamb—then there's always a chance it could rot. Even weather proofed and treated wood might start to decay over time. Wood rot is a microscopic fungus that eats damp wood. Its purpose is to clear fallen trees from the forest floor, however it can start to decompose the wood within your home. If you notice signs of wood rot, you need to call a repair technician right away. Signs of wood rot include:

  • Discolored wood

  • Soft wood

  • Crumbling into “cube-like” pieces

3. Loose, Tight, Rusty or Damaged Hinges

Even though they're small, hinges do a lot of heavy lifting—literally. They support the door panel by attaching it to the frame. When damaged, hinges can cause all kinds of problems, from squeaking to breaking off entirely. When this happens, the panel itself might even fall out of its frame. Usually, wear and tear, humidity and dust can all negatively impact hinges.

4. Opening and Closing Issues

Doors were designed to open and close with ease. Not only is it annoying when they don't work properly, but it can also be a fire hazard. If your door is sticking, swings open after you close it, squeaks loudly when moving, or the knob won't turn, you need repair services. A technician will be able to ascertain why the door won't work correctly, as it could be a number of problems such as:

  • Latch does not align with the strike plate

  • Latch is too high or low

  • Hinges are too loose or tight

  • Hinges have rusted

  • Your home’s structural foundation has shifted and the frame has warped

  • Panels have warped from humidity or insect damage

5. Inoperable Knobs

Knobs that don't work aren't funny business—despite this being a popular trope in many comedies (Looney Tunes, anyone?). Jokes aside, the knob is essential to being able to open and close your door. If there's an issue, it's likely time for a replacement.

6. The Latch Does Not Work

One of the most important purposes of your exterior doors is to keep you and your family safe. Entryways that don't lock can't fulfill this purpose. But, if you're having trouble with your lock, you don't necessarily need to call a locksmith. Sometimes, the issue is actually with the latch's alignment. Maybe the jamb is twisted, or the latch bore (the small hole opposite the lock that enables it to latch) no longer lines up correctly. Keep your home safe by calling one of our skillful carpenters to make the repair today.

7. Damage from Wear-and-Tear

There are many environmental factors (wind, sunshine and rain) as well as other factors (slamming, karate practice and pets) that can stress and degrade your entryways. No matter what caused your door to look dilapidated, our handyman pros have the skills to fix it.

8. Outdated Aesthetic

Sometimes, your door might work perfectly well, but it doesn't match the rest of your home or suit your sense of style. If that's the case, why not install a brand-new model that's exactly your taste? You'll be amazed at the difference a new door can make to your home's exterior—even boosting your home's resale value!

Hire Our Exterior Door Repair Experts Today!

Do you need door repairs in NoVA? If so, trust the pros at Mr. Handyman of Northern Virginia - Arlington to Haymarket for all your repair, installation and exterior home maintenance needs. We've helped many clients throughout NoVA, including in the areas of Clifton, Fairfax Station, Sudley and Yorkshire. When you hire the pros at Mr. Handyman, you choose reliable, accountable and friendly service guaranteed to get the job done right the first time.

To get started today, we invite you to call our friendly office staff at 703-621-4817. You can also reach us online by filling out a service request form.