How to repair modern entry doors
Knowing how to troubleshoot problems with your modern entry doors can keep a small repair job from turning into a larger issue.
Repairing Modern Entry Doors: Hinges and Hardware
The biggest issues most modern entry doors have are with hardware and hinges. The weight of the door puts constant pressure on the hinges, and if the door jamb is not sturdy enough, the hinges might crack or break the wood. To remedy this problem, make sure the screws in the hinges are long enough to penetrate the jamb, and are of a thick enough gauge.
If the jamb is already broken or cracked, move the hinges to an area that has not been damaged. Repair the door jamb with wood fillers, glue, and other appropriate methods. You could also add an additional hinges to your entry doors to provide more stability.
If the doorknob becomes loose or the lock doesn't work properly, take a careful look at the lockset. Most problems can be traced back to screws that need to be tightened. Problems with the locking mechanism might require installation of a new lockset to ensure your home's security.
Larger Repairs for Modern Entry Doors
If your entry doors are made of steel, aluminum, fiberglass, or another sturdy material, the odds of the door suffering dents or gouges is minimal. However, if it does happen, the manufacturer will have specific instructions on how to repair your door. Serious dents or breaks in the door might require a replacement rather than repair.
For modern entry doors made of wood, repairs are often easier. Use a high-quality wood filler to repair the gouge, let it dry, then sand it down. Paint or stain the door and the repaired spot will disappear. Small scuffs and scratches can often be gently buffed away with a fine-grit sandpaper.