How to repair French entry doors
The most common problems homeowners face with their French entry doors is an off-center swing, broken panes of glass, and the occasional scuff or gouge in the wood.
Repairing an Off-Center Swing
Since French entry doors must have a snug fit when closed, an off-center swing can mean a door that is not safe or secure. Start by inspecting the hinges: the most common culprit is a loose screw.
If the door jamb is cracked, move the hinge to an area that has not been damaged, or add an additional hinge for added support. Make repairs to the jamb if necessary. If these methods don't work, it might be a good idea to call a professional contractor to help pinpoint the problem.
French Entry Doors and Broken Glass
Broken panes of glass are a common problem with French entry doors. If a pane is broken, start by removing the trim, then carefully remove all shards of glass. Wear thick gloves as you do this, and put the shards into a sturdy cardboard box to prevent injury. Fit a new sheet of glass into the pane and caulk around it to hold it in place. When the caulk is dry, replace the trim. Paint if necessary.
Repairing Scuffs, Gouges, and Other Marks
Many scuffs and unsightly marks can be buffed out of your French entry doors with a fine-grit sandpaper. Deep gouges require a good-quality wood filler. Apply the filler and take care to sand it flat when dry. Paint or stain over the entire door if necessary to create a smooth, even finish.
If your entry doors seem to collect scuffs from shoes, consider adding a kickplate to the base of the door that matches the color and design of your hardware.