If you are renovating the exterior of your home, one of the things that you may want to do is replace the front entryway door. There are options for the replacement door you install as well as preparations that need to be done. You need to remove the old door and prepare the opening. The following door replacement guide will help you prepare the entrance of your home:
Selecting a Replacement Door—The first thing that you will need to do for your door replacement project is to select the new door. There are many different styles and options for your door replacement project, which include:
- A single door without the frame
- Wider or double door with a new frame
- Entry door with sidelight windows for natural light
- New frame and door with architectural details and glass
These are the options that you are going to have to choose from for your replacement door. You will want to choose a door unit that improves the curbside appearance and value of your home.
Removing the Old Door—After you know what type of replacement you want to have installed, it can be ordered. You will then be ready to remove the old door from the opening. If you are only replacing the door and not the frame, remove the door from its hinges. If the entire frame needs to be removed, remove the door from the hinges, and then pry the frame from the opening.
Repairing and Preparing the Opening—Once you have your old door removed, there are going to be repairs that need to be done. Check for problems like water and insect damage and repair them. If the frame is still in the opening, make sure it is level and paint it before installing the new door. If you are going to be installing a new frame, make sure to adjust and check the opening to make sure it is as close to being level as possible.
Installation of the Replacement Door—The last step is to install the new replacement door. If you are only installing the door on the frame, hang it on the hinges and adjust it. The margins of the door should be even, and it should shut properly. If you are installing a door with the frame, close it in the frame and lock it. Put the door in the opening and level it before nailing it in place. Once you have the door secured, unlock it and open it. Check to make sure the margins are even again and that the door shuts and locks without any problems.
These are the steps to prepare the entrance to your home for the installation of a new door. If you are ready to improve an entrance to your home, contact a door replacement service to start planning the project.