Getting Out Of A Sticky Situation: Dealing With Sticking French Doors

Posted on: 29 June 2015

French patio doors give your home an elegant feel. Unfortunately, because most French patio doors are made from wood construction, they are prone to stick. When that happens, they're anything but elegant. Wood is vulnerable to moisture, causing it to swell in humidity. This can cause these delicate doors to stick in the track. In some cases, you'll have to adjust the doors to restore their function. Here's a look at what you need and the steps to take to do just that.

Essential Supplies

If your home's French patio doors are sticking, start by gathering a screwdriver, some masking tape, fine grit sandpaper and carbon paper.

Start With the Screws

Examine each of the hinges and screws on the doors. These fixtures can loosen, which will cause the doors to shift in the track and stick. Sometimes, just tightening up a loose screw or two can fix the whole problem. Check all of the screws in the frame to be sure that they're secure.

Inspect the Knob and Locks

Inspect the door knobs and the locks to be sure they're tight and there's no play in the hardware. If they are loose, they can cause the latches to stick or drag on the door. Adjust the screws on each one to make sure they aren't the issue.

Find the Tight Spots

Tape small pieces of carbon paper on the door in the areas where you believe the door to be sticking. Use masking tape for this so you don't damage the door or leave sticky residue behind. Carbon paper will transfer some color to any door section it comes in contact with, so you can see where it's rubbing.

Once you get the carbon paper in place, open and close the door a few times. This should clearly mark the spaces that need attention. Use the sandpaper to smooth down the edges of the door where it's sticking. This should provide just enough of a gap between the surfaces that it will open and close easily again.

If you're struggling with French patio doors that stick and these steps don't help resolve the problem, you might want to call a local window and door professional. He or she can inspect the doors, the track and the hardware to help you find the source of the problem. Sometimes, there's bowing in the track that needs to be addressed. Whether you need to replace the whole track or you can just tack down the problem areas with a finishing nail, a window and door contractor can help.  

For more information, contact Fas Windows and Doors or a similar company.