Wood doors are a common part of homes, and they have been the subject of a $3.3 billion restoration project in the U.S. and Canada, but the cost of repairing them has skyrocketed.
Researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago examined the repair costs of 1,200 wood doors found in homes in two communities that are both in suburban areas, and found that the average cost of the repair was $2,700.
In two communities with a median home price of $120,000, the average repair cost was $3 a piece, the researchers reported online Monday in the Journal of Property Management.
The cost of repair was higher in rural areas, where the median home is $60,000.
“The fact that they’ve been around for hundreds of years, they’re still really hard to fix,” said study co-author Laura E. Wiedemann, a professor of real estate management.
“There’s no reason why they should stop.”
In a survey of homeowners, the team found that a third of them reported spending $300 or more for repairs, compared with 1 in 10 who said they did not have to.
Wood door repairs in the study were less common in cities than in suburban communities.
Wood door repairs can be expensive, and the cost could be even higher in some rural areas than in cities.
In some rural communities, homeowners may pay for the repair themselves.
In Birmingham, where many of the homes are in residential areas, homeowners are responsible for replacing damaged wood doors.
“We’re not doing this to pay for them, but to make sure that they’re safe and functional,” Wiedmann said.
“I think this is a very important point to make that the people who are buying these are not doing it to save money, they are doing it for the aesthetic appeal of their homes.”