Hey everyone! I noticed that some of my interior doors are kind of warped. I would say quite a few and have been for a number of years. It seems that they start to bend inward toward the interior of a room from about the top to about 6 inches down. Some doors, when you shut them, they bend above and below where the mortise lock is located. I am not sure if heat or moisture caused this to happen. But, is there anyway I could "fix" it? A few were bad enough that the center horiz. brace in the door is starting to split, along with some of the panels.
Any info would be great. If I can't fix it, I will just have to live with it. Thanks in advance!
In the old house I recently bought, it was on the market for over a year and all that time the heat was off. Closet and cabinet doors refused to open when I inspected the house prior to purchase, Since I moved in and turned the heat on, all doors open quite easily.
I am assuming that your house may have been left unheated for quite some time to have warped doors.
That is very possible. It seems that the problem existed before the last owners had the house too though. It is hard to say what was going on lol. Water leaks seemed to be everywhere at one time due to the box gutters, or the orig shake roof, or the hatch..etc etc. But I have been able to correct a lot of the old problems that were just "covered up". But the heat that existed after the original coal furnace must have been kind of crappy.. My father in law and I have been fixing the botched duct work jobs so the heat flow is much better now :)
I doubt lack of heat had much to do with anything. I'd expect freezing cold (dry air) to keep the wood very stable if not just shrink a bit.
Changes in seasons cause doors to stick. This is from varying levels of humidty making wood simply expand & contract. This is not warping.
Warping is a more permanent condition caused by a whole lot of moisture... more moisture than you'd see normally in a house regardless of heat... flooding, exposure to elements, constant steam, condensation or dew, splashing, etc.
Yes I know sticking doors is not the same thing as warping but I was making the point that humidity can play a role. I have pine boards in my unheated garage and every one of them is warped. The type of wood makes a difference too. Pine is more susceptible to warping.