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Sticking Doors and Windows

Are your home’s doors and windows increasingly hard to open and close? This is typically more than just a minor inconvenience—it’s often an indicator of deeper structural flaws such as foundation settling. 

Foundation Systems of Michigan has been a trusted name in foundation repair across Michigan for more than 15 years.  

If you find your doors and windows sticking, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! 

What Are Sticking Doors and Windows? 

Doors and windows that require excessive force to open or close, or get stuck mid-way, are termed as “sticking.” Often, these issues are accompanied by doors that seem misaligned in their frames. 

This behavior frequently suggests structural issues in your home. Elements like bending or flexing frames around windows and doors, or even the appearance of cracks in the drywall near them, are severe indicators of foundational challenges.  

The main culprit is usually foundation settling. Left unaddressed, problems can escalate into more substantial home damage. 

What Causes Sticking Doors and Windows? 

Various underlying problems can cause doors and windows to stick: 

  • Foundation Shifting – Uneven settling of foundations can skew floors and move walls, causing doors and windows to jam. 
  • Moisture Issues – Accumulated moisture can warp door and window frames, contributing to sticking issues. 
  • Paint Build Up- Paint can also accumulate in the edges and jambs, creating an additional layer that impedes smooth movement. 
  • Metal Damage- Hardware elements like screws, hinges, or locks can loosen or deteriorate over time, causing misalignment. 

Inadequate soil preparation, poor water drainage, and natural ground movements are frequent triggers of foundation-related sticking door and window issues. 

Can You Fix Sticking Doors and Windows? 

Absolutely! The key to solving the problem of sticking doors and windows is addressing the root structural causes through specialized foundation repair procedures. 

How Foundation Systems of Michigan Resolves Sticking Doors and Windows 

Repairing sticking doors and windows involves stabilizing and potentially lifting your foundation back to a level position.  

We do that by using the following tools: 

Why Address Sticking Doors and Windows Issues Now? 

It is crucial to tackle the issue of sticking doors and windows promptly for several reasons: 

  • Ignoring the problem allows underlying foundation issues to deteriorate further. 
  • Sticking can lead to additional damage to window and door frames. 
  • Continued settling of the foundation risks more severe structural damage. 
  • Putting off repairs can result in a costlier solution in the long term. 

Surface-level fixes only offer a temporary respite and can worsen the situation in the future.  

Foundation Systems of Michigan offers a permanent, engineered solution to address these issues effectively. 

Contact Foundation Systems of Michigan for Sticking Doors and Windows Solutions 

If you’re struggling with sticking doors and windows, allow Foundation Systems of Michigan to evaluate your home’s foundation and offer tailored solutions. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, FSM has developed a proven track record of successfully diagnosing and remedying issues related to windows and doors. 

Our long-standing expertise means we have encountered a wide array of problems and have developed efficient, effective solutions for each. We offer transferable warranties that not only protect your investment but also add value to your property by offering peace of mind to any future owners.  

All these factors make FSM the go-to choice for homeowners facing problems with sticking doors and windows. 

Schedule your free estimate today! 


When the foundation of a home settles or shifts, it can lead to changes in the levelness of the floors and the alignment of walls, affecting the frames of doors and windows. This can make them difficult to open or close. 

While high humidity may contribute to minor sticking, intense sticking issues are a sign of structural problems.

While sticking doors and windows can be indicative of foundation issues, they are not a definitive sign. Additional symptoms, such as cracks in the walls or uneven floors, should be present to strongly suggest foundation damage.

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