In areas with cold climates, it’s not uncommon for some homeowners to experience frozen front doors. But why does this happen, and what can you do to prevent the problem?
Why Your Doors Freeze
As stated, the cold weather is the main culprit for frozen doors. But you should also note that some door types won’t freeze in the cold season. Most of the time, it’s not exactly your door that freezes, but the water on its surface. When the snow falls, it turns to ice in areas where there’s water buildup.
But how can there be a water buildup when the air outside is typically dry? The answer is simple, your house may be leaking out the humid, indoor air. Since the air inside your home is filled with moisture, it condensates on the cold surface of your door’s perimeter. This warm and moist air then freezes like other liquids when it hits the colder area.
Ways to Prevent Frozen Doors
One way to protect your front door from freezing is to seal it thoroughly. Check whether your door’s weatherstripping is still intact. If you notice some flaying, tears and missing sections, you should consider a replacement. Fortunately, you can easily obtain a roll of weatherstripping at a local hardware store. Once you removed the old stripping using a razor knife, measure the perimeter of your door, and cut accordingly.
On the other hand, if there are spaces on your sliding doors, you can place a door sweep to keep the warm air inside. Now, if you still notice that there are air leaks even after you sealed them, it may be due to a misshapen door. When this happens, turn to an expert to solve the problem. Aside from a misshapen door, you can also have your roofing checked by an expert.
If you’re looking for the right door and roof repair contractor, turn to Roof Masters. Give us a call at (301) 230-7663, or fill out our contact form to schedule a FREE inspection and estimate. We serve clients in Montgomery County, MD.