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JRCL 03-31-2013 03:38 PM

Fixing a swollen steel entry door
My parents have a leaded glass entry door that over-expanded (the foam insulation inside the door over-expanded after installed and bellied out the door skin) sitting in their basement. I am going to confirm if the hinges and knob line up. If they do, I would love to replace our solid slab front door with this one. Any one have any ideas if and how this can be fixed so it can be used?

funfool 03-31-2013 04:06 PM

Please tell more, I have installed many doors over many years, what you say makes no sense to me.

Are you saying the door is now thicker then it should be?
What exactly expanded?

JRCL 03-31-2013 04:12 PM

The expanding foam used for insulating the door (the core of the door) over-expanded and bellied out the door skin. So, it looks like someone pressed the skin outwards from the interior of the door. I understand this is common with dark painted doors that have a storm door added and get a large amount of direct sunlight in the summer.

woodworkbykirk 03-31-2013 04:19 PM

it sounds like it was sitting near the furnace or some other source of heat.. based on the issue the door is toast. toss it

jagans 03-31-2013 04:21 PM

Bad Foam. Maybe you can get a new door out of it, but maybe dad already did? Isocyanurate foam is used on commercial low slope roofs and it is subject to a lot more heat up there than in a door, so the problem is probably poorly formulated foam.

Windows on Wash 03-31-2013 04:36 PM


How old is the door? Sounds like it should be covered under warranty if it is less than 10 years old.

JRCL 03-31-2013 04:57 PM

The problem occurred while the door was hanging. Door has already been replaced under warranty and is currently just taking up space in the basement. Just looking to see if it can be fixed and reused.

funfool 03-31-2013 05:19 PM

Might look great on my garden shed.
I would not bother with it on my front door to the house.

kwikfishron 03-31-2013 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by JRCL (Post 1149780)
My parents have a leaded glass entry door

If you like the glass there's no reason it (the glass) can't be salvaged and used for whatever you want. As far as the door itself, as others's trash.

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