According to Harvard University’s LIRA study, the home improvement industry is still riding on a high since 2020 and should grow by another 4.8% in the first quarter of 2022.
Are you among the thousands of Americans that are still on board with this longstanding trend in 2022? If so, you might be short on ideas after two years of this new hobby.
Why not consider a home door installation to add convenience and style to your living spaces. Here’s what to expect when you decide on a door replacement in your home.
Choosing a Type of Door
The first step in any door or window replacement project is deciding what you want to achieve at the end. This comes down to choosing a style and design that offers convenient access and design appeal for your home.
Visit your local home store to view their selection of patio doors and entryway doors to help you get some ideas. Most of these doors come in standard sizes to suit the majority of homes.
If you want a custom size or design, you’ll need to speak to specialist contractors like Ferris Home Improvements, Renewal by Andersen Windows & Doors, or Clark Hall Doors.
Not only can these professionals craft your ideal door, but they can also offer useful advice about selecting the ideal door for your home.
Home Door Installation Basics
When you install new home doors, you can do much to improve the facade of your home and boost its curb appeal. Entry doors are always among the top attractions for prospective buyers, as they give your home a welcoming feel.
Door installation is a straightforward process, but it’s not a good option for DIYers. Always work with a reputable contractor when you’re implementing home improvements that may impact the structure of your house.
They know how to avoid problems with load-bearing walls and won’t inadvertently chisel into your electrical wiring or plumbing.
The Procedure for Installing Doors
When you hire a contractor, it’s always best to know what you can expect from them. These are the steps involved in replacing a door or installing a new one:
Types of Doors
There are three main types of door installations you can use for door replacement or installation. These are:
Pre-Hung Door Installation
A pre-hung door comes with the front panel already fitted to the frame. Contractors must remove the old door, frame, and trim before installing this type of door.
You can also use these types of doors on new constructions. Contractors can also amend the existing doorway to suit the new door.
Full-Frame Door Installation
Full frame door installations take more time and work to complete, but they allow for better flexibility in design.
These installations involve removing every morsel of the old door, including the surrounding brickwork, to achieve the perfect size and fit.
The contractor will install every part of the new door, ensuring your door jamb and frame are of the same quality as the door itself.
Almost anyone can install this type of door, but it takes a lot of time and extra work. These standard-size doors consist of the panel only. You’ll need to fit them into an existing door frame and often need to cut the panel to fit what you already have in place.
It’s a much better idea to go with a complete, professional door installation.
Preparing for Your New Door
Your professional door contractor will confirm a convenient date for your door installation, giving you plenty of time to prepare.
You should move any furniture and decorations out of their way before they arrive, this will save them time moving it themselves.
They should arrive with dust cloths to protect your belongings and your floor, so you needn’t worry about that. Once they’ve ensured the safety of your possessions and gathered everything they require for the job, the work starts in earnest.
Removing the Old Door
Removing the old door starts with removing the door hinge pins, nails, screws, and hinges, and taking the panel off the door.
Typically, they’ll use a reciprocating saw to cut any remaining nails or screws and a mallet to pop the door frame without damaging the surrounding wall. Sometimes, they’ll cut the frame into chunks to make removal easier.
Measuring and Levelling Up
Once the old door and door frame are out, they can measure the height and width of the opening at the top and bottom. A level is essential to ensure both sides of the door are plumb.
For a barn door, or pocket door, they’ll need to make some adjustments to the rough opening. Barn doors need a new frame and casing, while you’ll need to remove some drywall to put a pocket door in place.
If your floor’s uneven, your door will hand at an angle or drag on the floor on one side. This will eventually lead to damages to your door or floor.
You can check this by resting a level on the floor in the door opening, if it’s not, they’ll need to cut off the bottom of one of the jambs. This will help the door hang evenly.
Test Fitting the Door
Test fitting the door ensures that the installation goes smoothly from here on. If the door doesn’t fit with an even gap on both sides, they’ll need to find another door that does.
All that remains is to attach the door, from the hinge side first, and set up the lock attachment later.
They’ll cover any holes in the wall or frame with casings afterward and caulk any drafty spots.
Your Gateway to Convenience and Cost Savings
Home door installation is a surprisingly rewarding home improvement. It can improve the facade of your home and add convenience to your everyday life.
A new door is an excellent way to get rid of any gaps around an old door that might affect your home’s energy efficiency.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.