Interior Doors: Fix or Replacement?

Most often, it is possible to repair interior doors without purchasing new construction. In this way, you can save significant amounts. In this post, we’ll talk about the most common cases when you can replace or fix a damaged compartment yourself. 

Signs Your Doors Needs a Replacement

Pay attention to the below signs and replace the doors in case of any problems:

  • Excessive noise;
  • Imbalance;
  • The door opens fully but cannot be closed completely;
  • The door leaf is severely damaged.

Of course, some of these issues can be fixed. However, it all depends on the general condition of the door construction.

Is the Door Difficult to Open or Close?

If the lock is jammed or broken due to external mechanical interference or as a result of a defect, do not apply excessive force to fix it. If it does not open with a standard effort, then putting pressure, you will only make the problem worse. Instead, you need to figure out what causes an issue. You may need to adjust the door position, fix the door hinges, or replace some lock compartments. 


The door leaf may be damaged. In case the damage is small and you can fix it by covering the door with a special protecting material, there is no need to replace it with a new one. When it comes to severe leaf or mechanism defects, it is better not to waste your time on massive door repair.

The Door Doesn’t Hold Heat

In most cases, it is cracks and gaps between the door frame and the door leaf that causes heat leakage:

  • Fill up the gaps with polyurethane foam;
  • Check the serviceability of the fittings and replace them with new ones in case of any issues;
  • Fasten the seal along the perimeter of the door frame closer to the outside of the door leaf. 

The Doors Don’t Match

If the door doesn’t match, then you either need to fix the door hinges or adjust the door leaf to fit the frame. In case the door leaf changes in size due to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, it should be replaced.

Difficult Maintenance

Difficult door maintenance can be a reason to replace the door construction with a new one. In case the door cannot be opened or closed due to severe malfunctions in a mechanism, you should consider replacing it.

Your Décor Has Changed

In case the interior decor has changed, you can always change the door as well. Buy a new door if your budget allows for it or consider painting the door or covering it with some material to make it look better in a new setting.

You Want to Harmonize the Aesthetics

The most common scenario for the door replacement is when you want it to harmonize the aesthetics and fit the new interior.

The Bottom Line

It is not always necessary to replace the door. You can fix some problems with a simple door repair. So, check what you need and determine what causes the issue before you make a decision.

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