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leaking front door

Post Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:58 am

I have a wooden front door which i think has shrunk due to hot and dry weather and now leaks when it rains , so i'm thinking of replacing it has anyone either done this or had modern doors installed ?if so any recommendations of a company that would come and measure etc.


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Re: leaking front door

Post Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:36 pm

Leroy Merlin arranged for an installer to call and tell me what I needed and gave me a quote, I paid 20€ which is knocked off the cost of the installation if you decide to go ahead. I was buying air conditioning but it probably also applies to doors/windows etc.


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Re: leaking front door

Post Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:58 pm

All wooden doors expand as the absorb moisture, and shrink again as they dry.
They're fitted so as not to stick at their largest, but still seal at their smallest.

Building culture in Portugal is to have a smooth lower door sill, level with the floor. this makes fitting a door airtight imposable. The norm here is to fit a brush type seal at the bottom, but they don't work very well. In winter, people stuff a towel under the door.

Is your door leaking at the bottom?

You can get a stepped stone doorsill made by a stone shop.

Probably the easiest way to get a non-Portuguese design door is to get a non-Portuguese builder to install the sill and refit the door [old one or a new one]; but if you can explain what you want, any builder can do it. There's nothing complicated about the idea, it's just foreign.

I make my own doors; I ordered the sills from a stone maker, they'd made them for foreigners before.
I can't remember the cost, but it was reasonable.

I'm way out on the west coast so I can't help you with a recommendation, but I can attach a picture if you want.


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