Exterior Front Door Casement Repair/Replace?

clagaMarch 24, 2012


We live in central Massachusetts.

My daughter's exterior metal front door casement down at the thershold; is starting to show signs of minor dry rot.

The paint is starting to peel and the wood does not seem to be as solid as the wood about 4 inches above it.

Any idea's on how I might be able to repair this?

Or is it necessary to replace the entire door.


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Is the damage in the brickmold or in the actual door frame?

Brick mold is easily replaced. It is simply trim.

The frame itself is repairable to some degree, depending on how much actual damage it present.

The damage will have to be examined in person to determine the extent.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 11:52PM
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If it's just the brick mold or other wood trim on the outside face, you could cut out the bottom few inches and replace it, on both sides of the doorway, with plinth blocks. This can serve to dress up the door a bit and be easier to periodically replace than the entire brick mold as moisture absorbtion from snow and rain causes wet rot. If the trim is painted, you can make the plinth from PVC, it won't rot and you won't be able to tell that it's plastic.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 1:31PM
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