Forum Title: Shed doors swell in winter but have gaps in summer - how to fix?
The double doors on my shed have gaps between them when shut, giving mice a nice entryway into the shed. Horizontally, the gaps are as much as 1/2 inch between the bottom of the doors and the floor, and vertically, about 1/2 inch where the doors meet at the bottom and 1/4 inch at the top. In the winter, the doors swell to the point where I almost can't shut them, and they bow out and put stress on the latch. Any suggestions?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: VANESSA CALDWELL (El Monte, CA), 01/03/2019

Anything is possible. Since it's a bedroom they must be large enough to provide a fire escape. (egress).

- SANDRA MOORE (Fishers, IN), 02/21/2019

If your shed is on a cement, or there is a sidewalk leading up to the doors, it's likely that the cement under the doors is heaving due to frost (getting tight in the winter, getting loose in the summer) I've had this problem before on sheds that are not on a footing, or maybe the shed is and the sidewalk isn't and there ain't much you can do about it unless you want to make sure all the concrete is on a footing that's below frost. You could cut the doors a little more on bottom (so that they wouldn't be tight in the winter) and put an adjustable door bottom or sweep on them that you could lower as you see fit. Or attach an oak threshold to the floor that will act like a stop. (if you don't mind stepping on/over it when the doors are open) Sorry to hear about the problems. I know a house where the exact same thing is happening on a shed where I made them new doors.

- EDNA RICHARDS (Longview, TX), 02/04/2019

Thanks for the advice. The doors have been painted, can I still apply sealer over the paint? There is an RV pad leading up to the shed and a small step made with bricks/concrete, so this is likely part of the problem. I will probably do a sweep or threshold, I hadn't thought about that. I've considered redoing the step since a few of the bricks are loose, but it sounds like I would probably just have the same problem again once it heaves.

- DEBRA ADAMS (Ventura, CA), 02/02/2019

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