Why Your Door Is Tilted, And What To Do About It

It happens to everyone at least once: a door in the house, or even an exterior door, ends up crooked. Sometimes it's just enough to let more light in around one corner of the door, while other times it's bad enough to make it difficult to open and close the door in a normal manner. The causes are usually straightforward, if not simple to deal with. It's not something you want to ignore, though, just in case the reason turns out to be huge.

Pulling Down on the Doorknob

One of the simpler explanations is that you've (or someone in your household) been pulling down on the doorknob when moving the door. Sometimes the force you exert on the door is really subtle, so you don't see the effects until they hit that point where all of a sudden the door won't close or there's a lot of light and wind coming in around parts of the door.

What's been happening to the door is that, as you've pressed down again and again on the doorknob, you've been simultaneously bending and pulling out the hinges and screws. This has stripped the holes in the wood where the hinge screws go, creating slightly bigger holes. As a result, the screws aren't holding the door up properly.

Fixing this can be as simple as installing new screws with a slightly larger diameter. You may need new hinges, too, if the original ones have been bent too much. At worst, you may have to fill the holes with wood putty and drill new ones for new hinges.

House Settling

Houses settle. It's not usually bad, but it can make doors and door jambs go out of whack. If the change is sudden and pronounced, you need to get the foundation checked out ASAP. That is something you do not want to ignore at all. But if the change has been gradual, and you suddenly realize the door isn't latching as easily as it used to, that could just be the house settling.

One solution is to widen the mortise where the bolt goes to accommodate for the bolt's new location relative to the door jamb. You would then reinstall the strike plate a little higher or lower as needed. If you really want to go all out, having a door repair company redo the jamb, including trimming the walls where necessary and reinstalling everything, could be an option.

Worn Weatherstripping

For exterior doors, sometimes the weatherstripping can wear down, fall, and form a lump that makes it a little harder to close the door (since there's now a lump in between the frame and the door). Inspect the weatherstripping and replace any worn parts.

If you're still baffled as to why the door is acting the way it is, call a local door company, such as Crawford Door Sales Of Nevada Ltd, and have them take a look. Other than foundation problems, door problems are relatively easy to take care of.