I am trying to fix our screen door (storm door). I has shifted over the
last 30 year, and is letting lost of cold air in. At the top corner it
tight against the frame weather striping seal, but at the bottom there is a
big gap (letting cold air in). Can an aluminum metal door warp over time?
Can it be adjusted?
Wood does funky things over time and in response to big swings in
humidity -- and pretty much every door in America rests on a wood frame.
Wood expands and contracts, and during the winter, it tends to contract.
Most aluminum storm doors have a removeable strip of rubber
weatherstripping at the bottom. Check at the hardware store to see if
they have weatherstripping that is wider than what you have and replace
the old strip with the new strip. BUT -- do not toss out the old strip,
because the new one will probably become too wide (and prevent the door
from closing like it should) when the seasons change and your door frame
wood starts expanding. Pop in the old strip of weatherstrip (but keep
the new strip to replace the old one again for when/if your storm door
starts getting funky again next winter) and you'll probably be hunky
I forgot to mention in my previous post that, if the hardware store
doesn't have a wider replacement weatherstrip, then do what the rest of
us cheap-asses do in cases like this for the very short term until
spring comes, by doing some redneck insulating by cutting out a strip of
box cardboard and duct-taping the cardboard to the bottom of the storm
door tight enough to keep out the wind. It ain't pretty, but it works
until there ain't no more freezing air blowing in and the kinder weather
of springtime naturally rights your door.
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