Have you noticed that your doors or windows have suddenly started sticking? It can be frustrating when your windows or doors won’t easily open and close. It could just be a seasonal pain if you live in humid areas, but if you experience this trouble year-round, there may be a more serious underlying issue. Below, we explore causes for stuck doors and windows and when you should be concerned.
People living in areas with high humidity or even drier areas with occasional heavy rain often have to contend with sticking doors and windows. That’s because excessive moisture can soak into the wood, which then swells enough to exert pressure against the window or door frame. While opening your doors or windows isn’t easy during these periods, it is a temporary nuisance and not usually cause for concern.
Another reason you may have doors and windows that stick is that there is an issue with the hinge. If the hinges are out of alignment, the doors or windows can’t sit flush in the frame. While frustrating, this is fixable. Be sure to call a professional to come to take a look.
After a house is constructed, the soil beneath it can begin to shift and settle. If the soil under your home’s foundation moves too much, your foundation will begin to sink. Significant movement in the foundation of your house can warp door and window frames or misalign them completely, making it difficult to open or close your windows and doors.
Foundation trouble can impact the function and usability of doors and windows as well as cause other significant structural damage to your home. Therefore, it is vital to address stuck windows and doors promptly. Acting quickly may prevent more extensive and costly damage in the future and protect your home’s structural integrity.
If you’re concerned about stuck doors or windows in your home, contact Virginia Foundation Solutions today. Our experts will come out for a free inspection and assess your situation to determine if you have an underlying foundation issue. If it’s just a minor issue causing your troubles, we’ll be transparent with you. We never upsell products or services that aren’t necessary. If foundation damage is the culprit of your stuck doors and windows, we’ll discuss repair options with you to restore your home’s integrity and protect your investment well into the future. Reach out to us today to schedule your free inspection!