Drilling plastic door strips is a common way to remove plastic doors, but drilling a hole in the bottom of the door frame can cause damage.
It also increases the risk of the frame cracking when it comes to moving the door, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.
“Drilling a hole and then removing the door will prevent the door from breaking, but the drill can also cause the door to move, which can cause the frame to crack,” said Mark Wiebe, the group’s deputy director.
Plastic doors that have been drilled have a greater chance of cracking than those that haven’t, according a 2013 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Because of the risk posed by drilling and removing the frame, it’s not recommended that people drill holes through plastic door panels,” the report says.
Wiebbe said he and his colleagues recommend drill holes in plastic door brackets to prevent the frame from breaking and to make it easier to lift the door.
“It’s important to keep in mind that drill holes will not necessarily prevent the doors from moving,” Wieber said.
“In fact, the more holes that are drilled, the greater the chance of the doors moving.”
Plastic door panels are commonly used in the construction industry to protect doors from the elements.
“They are a very popular product for door and window construction, especially for doors that are in high demand,” Wiedbe said.
Wiedbbe says that if plastic door bolts are not properly installed, the panels can be vulnerable to falling objects.
“Plastic door panels can break easily when they are not well secured,” he said.
But some door frames have become very difficult to remove from the construction process.
Wiesbe says the most common reasons for plastic door panel damage are poor quality bolts, the use of poor quality tools, or improper drilling techniques.
If you have a question about plastic door reinforcement, you can call the American Plastics Association, 1-800-327-3566 or visit the association’s website at www.apa.org.