The 5 W’s Of Replacing Your Door
At some point during your career as a homeowner, you are going to need to replace a door. Whether it is an entry door, patio door, or an internal door, you should know how to go about replacing it. Sometimes door replacement will be something you have to undertake immediately upon moving into an old house. Sometimes you are replacing an old entry door to increase the street appeal and the resale value of your home before you put it on the market. Whatever the reason, below are the five W’s (who, what, when, where and why) of door replacement.
You have two options here: you can either replace the door yourself (if you have experience with door replacement) or you can call the professionals. If you call someone in to help, provided it is a reputable business, you should be able to rest assured that the job is going to be done right the first time around. If you want to try it on your own and have never replaced and installed a new door before, you might end up costing yourself more time and money than is necessary.
If you are going to opt for the DIY option here, you are going to need some tools on hand in order to complete the job. You are going to need a level, a tape measure, a screwdriver set, a drill and drill bits, a pry bar, a hammer, a caulk gun, a reciprocating saw, work gloves, eye and ear protection, and a dust mask. Then come the materials. You’re going to need to look into the right size finishing nails, foam and fibreglass insulation, wood shims, the right size screws, and caulk. Putting all of these together is by no means a simple task.
If you are installing an exterior door, you are going to need to make sure you have the weather on your side. Trying to install a front or rear entry door with rain, snow, or heavy winds in the forecast might end up meaning water damage or a house full of debris.
Where is anywhere you need the replacement door to go. Depending on whether or not it is a simple interior door, or a more complicated exterior entry door, you might want to consider outsourcing the job to the professionals.
Letting your doors deteriorate (especially an entry door) is a bad idea, both from a financial and an aesthetic standpoint, and the two often overlap. A broken down entry door can present an opportunity to thieves, looks bad to those walking past your home (people who might someday be interested in purchasing it), and can end up costing you money in heating and cooling, because air from outside makes its way in.
If you think any doors around your home need replacement, don’t delay. If you know you’ve got the tools and experience to get it done yourself, by all means DIY. But, if you are looking to get the job done conveniently and expertly, without any errors the first time around, contact your local window and door experts and see the difference the pros make.