1. You might need to paint the interior or exterior sections near the door; once the old trim has been removed there may be old visible paint lines.
  2. If you don’t want to paint, you could upgrade your trim to a larger profile to avoid having to fix old paint lines.
  3. Do you want a new door bell system?
  4. Will you be updating your house numbers?
  5. Security systems should be removed before scheduled install date. We don’t uninstall or reinstall the security system.
  6. Do you have a storm door? Not all storm doors can be reused from the existing door to the new door, so it is important to include the cost of a new storm door into your budget just in case.

What are your options?

There is a saying in the door industry, “Do you want to buy your first door or you last door?” meaning the construction of your door DOES matter. The first thing to figure out is what kind of door you are looking at? Is it made of steel, fiberglass, vinyl, or wood?

When considering a steel door, which tends to be the most common entry door, you should factor the gauge of the metal. This refers to the thickness of the door. The lower the gauge number, the thicker the metal will be, and thicker is always better. Although it may seem counter intuitive, the thicker metal doors will have a higher energy efficiency rating because the metal is thick enough to support itself. What this means is that a thinner metal door has to have wood or other fillers that are not good insulators. The heavier gauge doors can be completely foam filled, reducing the amount of thermal bridging. Typically the doors you will find at your local box store are going to be between 26 and 28 gauge doors. Any door that is at least a 24 gauge would be considered a good steel door.

When considering fiberglass doors, which have become more popular in recent years, it’s not as easy to tell what’s good and what’s not so good. This is why we have partnered with certain manufacturers who have been around and stand behind what they produce. It is because fiberglass doors are designed with durability and efficiency in mind, the upfront cost could be worth the investment.

When considering a wooden door, there are multiple factors that should be given some thought. Of all the doors that are on this list, wood doors are going to be the least efficient and require the most maintenance. For example, in the Midwest, we go through periods of high heat with high humidity. This could cause a wooden door that hasn’t been properly maintained or sealed to swell, causing it to stick. If you choose to go with a wooden door keep in mind that while the species of wood used to construct the door will play into effect, the finish and maintenance will end up playing an even larger role in the longevity of the wooden door.

Now vinyl doors will typically be either sliding patio, or patio doors. Vinyl doors offer high energy efficiency therefore usually a more economical choice. It is important to understand that

like vinyl windows, not all vinyl doors are made equal. A good vinyl door will be enhanced with some type of metal, such as aluminum or stainless steel to reinforce the frame from deflection. Fusion welded frames are also a sign that the product is going to be of better quality.

Regardless of which door you choose to complete your project, there is one other critical element to be considered. Hinges! Any of the doors discussed above will be heavy if they are of quality, so with that being said, to ensure that your door will operate correctly for many years, you will want to make sure that your door has the correct number as well as the right type of hinges. Ball bearing hinges are a good sign that you are looking at a quality made door but adjustable ball bearing hinges are even better. They will allow for fine tune adjustments that may need to be made in the future.

Doors Q & A

The number one reason a door or window fails is because it was installed wrong. Failures come in many forms. The obvious would be that the door isn’t shutting correctly or the locks won’t match up to the latches. The biggest thing that we see that goes unnoticed for long periods of time are that the doors weren’t installed with the proper flashing. There is z-bar flashing that can be seen above the top brick mold of the door if it was installed, but the one that is often left out is the sill pan flashing which goes under the door.

a. Entry Door = 4 hrs

b. Patio Door = 6hrs

c. Storm Door = 2hrs

d. Garage Door = 6hrs

e. French door = 8hrs

There are always exceptions and variables that can require more time. The better quality the door is will usually allow for an easier install.

Not really. If the crew has exercised a little forward thinking, the preparation and verification part will have been done, and everything will be staged so that the opening is only open for about ten or fifteen minutes. The only thing that would cause that opening to have to be opened for a longer duration of time, is if the subfloor has been compromised due to water infiltration.

It depends on the door. If the door is a common door without a lot of upgrades it can be a quick process, generally less than a week. If it’s a highly customized door it could take up to two months.

Yes, you can reuse an existing lock set, but they don’t always match up and may require the door or jamb to be mortise out.

(Mortise – a slot or a recess, usually rectangular, cut into a piece of wood; like a notch for a hinge on a door)

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