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We are looking for a new house and are interested in a certain property, except that we are concerned that the door frames throughout the upstairs have a substantial amount of peeling veneer. Does this necessarily indicate a moisture problem? Is there any other reason that all of the door frames would be peeling? The house was built in 1985 and seems to be clean and otherwise well-maintained.

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In the US, most door frames (the jambs and molding aroung the doors, called casing) are not veneered. They are either stained and sealed or painted. There are some moldings that have a plastic surface glued on, often woodgrained. Is that what you are talking about? A picture would be helpful. – bib May 26 '14 at 16:01
Yes, I think it is a wood-grained plastic surface, which is cracking and peeling off. I'm curious as to what might cause that, if not moisture. Unfortunately I don't have a picture because I only saw the issue during a showing of the house. – user21706 May 27 '14 at 13:58
Woodgrained plastic casing is a sign of pretty low end finishes. If it is peeling off, you probably have either a serious moisture issue or a serious heat issue. Or the stuff is so poor that it is just failing. Not critical in itself, but a caution. – bib May 27 '14 at 23:16

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