Storing Doors: Best Practices
When it comes to storage, doors have different requirements than other building materials. Like furniture, doors are vulnerable to the elements and quick to show damage. By storing your doors properly, you can prolong their product life cycle and prevent warping.
How Do You Store a Door Before Hanging It?
All doors, regardless of type, should be stored with even pressure across the surface. Avoid leaning them at an angle or storing them on unsteady ground. Because of their large surface area, doors stored with uneven pressure across their surface areas can develop issues like bowing, especially if they are made of a soft material like wood.
When you are moving a door, it is best to wear gloves to prevent dirt and oil from transferring from your hands to the door slab or frame. Certain materials absorb oil more easily than others, and the handprints can show permanently on wood. No matter the material, always have two people handle a door when moving it to storage. With two people, the pressure is distributed evenly throughout the door and there is no unnecessary stress on the body.
How Do You Store Wooden Doors?
The safest way to store wooden doors is by placing them horizontally at least 4 inches off the ground. This distance is necessary to protect them from moisture. Create a foundation beneath the door that supports the whole length of the door and discourages bowing. There should still be space between the door and the supports. It is important for air to be able to flow between them and prevent moisture from creating mold and mildew.
Like all wood, doors should be stored in a cool, completely dry area away from the elements and moisture. Hot air and dry, cool air can both warp wood and make it brittle and more likely to splinter. Conversely, high humidity levels can cause water to seep into the wood and make it soft and breakable. Always store wooden interior doors at room temperature. Rooms that have just been plastered also have excess moisture and should not have doors prematurely installed.
Doors should not be transported to a construction site until the walls, flooring and roof are complete. Storing doors on concrete can transfer moisture into the wood. Keep doors at room temperature for most of their product life cycle, if possible.
How to Store Prehung Doors
Storing prehung doors requires specific precautions. Since prehung doors are already attached to a frame, you should check that the door slab is properly installed before it is stored. If the door is at an angle or not flush inside the frame, the frame and slab can further warp. Be careful not to put added stress on the frame’s corners and joints, as it could change the shape and cause it not to fit in the opening when installed.
Unlike wooden door slabs, prehung doors should not be stored horizontally. They should only be stored vertically. When storing doors upright, take care to leave enough room for air to flow between them. Airflow will ensure that the moisture in the air does not get trapped between the doors. Like door slabs, prehung doors should never be stored on concrete. The material can store excess moisture, which becomes absorbed by the frame.
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