Ask Your Local Locksmith: Do I Need to Replace Door Jambs?

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Having a fully functioning door to get in and out of your home or business is important. Not just for safety but also for protection from intruders. The are many parts to a working door that allow it to open and shut and most importantly – that keep it in place once it’s secured. 

If you’re like most, you don’t even know what a door jamb is.

Door jambs are the core of your door.  It’s the part of your door frame that connects to the door. Because door jambs are made of wood, they tend to lose their moisture over time, making them prone to warping and cracking. If this is the case with your door jambs, they can be very expensive to repair, so it’s a good idea to replace them before they’re too far gone.

If you notice that your doors are not closing properly or seem like they are not sealing properly, then this may be a sign that the door jamb needs replacement. Here are a few indicators that your door jambs are in need of replacement:

When should you replace your door jambs? 

Door jambs are the core of your door. The door frame and jamb make up one of the most important parts of your home, so it’s essential to keep them maintained as best you can. Door jambs should be inspected regularly for wear due to regular usage or poor-quality materials. If you notice that your doors are not closing properly or seem like they are not sealing properly, then this may be a sign that the door jamb needs replacement. 

Here are a few indicators that your door jambs are in need of replacement:

  • If one or more of the hinges on your door jams have broken off or been removed altogether, this is an indication that there may be structural damage beneath them.
  • If the doors swing noticeably more than normal when opened or closed, this can indicate that there may be structural damage beneath them.
  • If there is visible damage to either side of the door jamb (such as cracks), then replacing it will help prevent further damage from occurring over time.

Call in a professional to replace your door jambs. Accurate measurements of the width of the door jamb, the height, thickness, and distance between the jambs are all critical in ensuring a proper installation. 

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