Top 10 Tips for Replacing a Front Door: Enhance Your Home’s Entrance

1. Introduction

The project will take the best part of a day and result in a few hours of heavy work. It’s not complicated, but you do need brute strength to get the old door out, and then finesse to level the new door in the opening. A door opening has most likely sagged slightly over time, and you have to align the door with the header and secure it perfectly. For the purposes of this project, we’re going to use a blank door. You’ll need to buy the door and determine the size of the opening. Your opening could be bigger, but it shouldn’t be any smaller. Don’t buy the biggest door that will fit in the rough opening. Since we’re using a blank, we’ll do the drilling and cutting ourselves, but it’s possible to buy a door with a glass insert in either a half or full lite configuration that will make it easy for you.

Putting in a new front entrance enhances your home’s appearance and increases its resale value. It’s an easy do-it-yourself project for anyone with the skills to handle basic carpentry. Each door has its own quirks and can look differently depending on the environment – are you after a classic look or something modern? – but the basic instructions are the same for all doors. These are our top 10 tips for replacing a front door.

1.1. Significance of Front Doors

This is why replacing a front door, especially in Toronto, where winters can be very cold, summers can be very hot and humid, and seasons come and go in unpredictable patterns, is much more than a buying decision. The choice must be consistent with the home’s architecture. The replacement door must be solidly built and feature the right insulating materials, energy-efficient glass, and dependable weather stripping, all integrated into a finished product that adds curb appeal and is a pleasure to see and use every day. The manufacturer’s warranty is important. The door’s many options affect utility and price. Some options are the door finish, the type of finish, the presence or absence of a transom and sidelights, or which type of sidelight.

With this in mind, you’ll want the perfect replacement front door for your home’s entrance, but you’ll also want to learn from the experience of others to avoid repeating mistakes. Therefore, we list below tips about replacing a front door, gathered from our discussions with recent home renovation clients.

When you walk down the street or stroll through a mall, the first thing you notice about a property or a retail building is the front door! Because the front door is the entrance to the surroundings beyond, it shares a unique and profound connection with what occurs inside a house or building. In this way, it makes a statement – a quiet one or a loud one – about what is waiting inside!

1.2. Benefits of Replacing a Front Door

Closing your exterior front door as a departure point for your family will ensure security and order in your home, and that is a high value. Door replacement can have a high visible improvement, such as the curb appeal of a house or a warm and inviting interior doorway. Having crap tacked on it will lower that value. An attractive and safe door says a lot about the individuals living in the house. Maintenance is the other side of the equation but requires regular work to clean, buff, stain, or paint for only a one-time improvement. Dragging an old chair before the door to block drafts is a very inviting and effective front door improvement, which is done to protect your money. Compromising your home entry, the first and last visual impression visitors use to judge your home, is a critical mistake. A well-maintained and inviting entrance makes people feel welcome.

Not all replacement projects will result in such great value. The door simply does not get enough use to make a dramatic improvement. However, upgrading an old, drafty, outward-facing door will result in a friendlier home entrance. According to Remodeling’s annual survey, a new fiberglass front door can have an ROI of between 67% and 70% of the job cost. The perception of your house is a high priority to most homeowners, ensuring that their investment is protected. Any home improvement, large or small, can add significant value to any home. If you are looking for a high-value home improvement that can be done on any budget, consider replacing the front door with a more friendly, welcoming door. It can be done quickly, enhancing your home’s entrance. Most expensive door choices will continue to look great for many years. Armor Concepts makes exterior door frame kits that are actually super robust enhancements, which are designed to prevent forced entry by burglars. This type of product is necessary when improving security for an exterior door entrance.

2. Choosing the Right Front Door

Choose a door that will complement your home’s design sensibility, as well as provide your best value for durability. Steer clear of trendy installations that will quickly run their course. Select a classic design that will withstand the test of time and seasonal trends. In addition to style, quite a few factors should weigh into the decision. Review these top considerations once more to help you choose the perfect front door. Be mindful that the proper entry door will allow you to see best when friends are at your doorstep and before unlocking the door. Picking the right entry door material for your home will include favorite or most convenient front door style. The front door changes your home’s style and expression. The front door is the focal point when guests arrive. It leads the eye and boosts your curb appeal. The right door blends with your home’s style.

2.1. Considerations for Material Selection

The structure of the wood of the front door and the panes is determined by the profile of the front door. The profile and grain of the wood of the front door are coated with a scratch-resistant layer. This prevents the paintwork from peeling off with an existing joint. The advantage of wooden front doors is the possibility to create a profile as well as an oval shape. The exterior doors made of wood are very resistant to cracking, while the interior doors are lighter and more affordable.

Wood is the most traditional material for a front door and has been a popular choice for centuries. Being a natural material, it comes in a variety of wood types, each with its own unique characteristics. If treated and maintained properly, it can be extremely long-lasting. A well-fitted wooden door can be the most secure choice of material. However, it needs more maintenance than other materials, either from a higher quality varnish and/or paint.

2.2. Selecting the Right Style

Some door designs will be more complimentary to a variety of architectural styles, including traditional, classic, colonial, or eclectic styles. Consider a door with clean designs and simple glass options for styles like Colonial, Country, or Victorian houses. For traditional, old world, or classic designs, choose doors with more intricate designs and beveled glass to add a distinctive and detailed look to your home.

These doors will be taller than the storm door, so the height of the doorway is important. These doors are usually either 6′ 8″ tall or 8′ 0. They also have to be made of the right material to minimize warping and damage from moisture infiltrating the surface, seams, or joints.

Many different color and style options are available when you decide to replace a front door. When selecting the right one for your house, take time to compare several choices and examine the door in different colors. Also, keep in mind the architectural style of your house when selecting new doors. The following guidelines may help you select a door that is just right for your needs.

3. Measuring and Preparing

The next vital function is to remove and properly dispose of the old door. When removing the old door, trimming for the new one and tucking it properly inside, it’s very important to ensure the home is protected from the elements. First, make sure the doorway is close to the new door and nearby utility power is disconnected to safely proceed. When protected, the old door can be taken, a pry bar can be used to pry the old door casing. The casing is typically cut using a reciprocating saw and pry the bottom off in order to take the door from the frame. When the door is out, the remaining metal threshold’s sides can be cut by making sure to exercise caution needed when handling sharp edges of the metal. The aluminum rivets on most aluminum thresholds will release.

Once you’ve ordered the door, it’s time to prepare for installation. For a front door, it’s essential to measure the jamb width and rough opening of the floor. For an entryway with a sidelight, the sidelight and transom units will most likely not arrive as part of the front door from the door manufacturer. This means the jamb’s width will have to be measured in order to make sure the door fits properly in the opening the day of the installation. Enter the rough opening in millwork width and the jamb width needed will calculate to only 1/16th of an inch from either side for the clearance of the door.

3.1. Taking Accurate Measurements

The next tip we’re used to has to do with the threshold in the door. Pull away the bottom threshold, taking care to put it away in one piece. The purpose of removing it is to replace it when you install your new door. Now that it’s gone, inspect the wood underneath to ensure it too is clean, whole and in good shape. If need be, fix it so it can support your door and leave enough room between the door and the threshold. Open your door and measure both the height of the door (this area should always be measured in three spots – the right, left, and center), the width (always a single measurement, taken at the top, middle, and bottom of the frame), and the jamb working width, or the distance between the interior and exterior stops. For the third measurement, be certain to record the distance from the interior trim pieces. While you’re at it, be sure to record the paint finish material used on the door and whether latching is required on the left- or right-hand side.

A little precision now can ensure years of consistent performance later. If you constantly have problems locking your door, need to do a lot of caulking and weatherproofing maintenance around your doors, or notice drafts of hot or cold air coming in from outside, your door may not be sized correctly for the opening it was installed into. Save yourself the discomfort and the cost of wasted energy, and install a proper-fitting door the first time. Some professionals recommend these tips for measuring your door. Remove the interior and exterior trim from around the old door. If they’re damaged (which could tip you off that your door is the wrong size), odds are they will be replaced at the same time you install the new door.

3.2. Preparing the Door Frame

• With everything in good order, make sure the sill is the correct height so the new door doesn’t swing until it’s at the correct elevation. Typically, the new interior finish floor will be 3/4-inch higher than the sill. This means the bottom of the door will be about 3/4-inch higher than the door’s bottom on the hinges.

• With the door removed, examine the door frame. Make sure it’s solid with no rot or other damage. Check the header for levelness. Now is the time to make any necessary repairs. • If the door frame is in good shape and unaffected by structural movement, you can reuse it. But if it’s weather-beaten or there’s even a slight slope to the threshold, it’s time to start from scratch. • In any case, you will want to use a door that is pre-hung in a jamb. This not only speeds up the installation, but it also guarantees you a plumb, typically precut opening. Reattaching the door in the old frame without shims is also possible. However, it requires sawing off the top and bottom of the old door and adhering new weather stripping. This combined with the cost of a new frame and saved time makes swinging with the reinstallation of the old frame difficult.

4. Installation Process

Remember that this process can become complex, especially if you are using different artifacts from your previous door or if it is a different size. This installation will probably require more than one person; if you can count on the help of a friend or a specialized professional, the moment will be much easier. Keep in mind to follow the guidelines for taking the proper measurements to adapt the door if necessary.

You will have to install your new door with frame, hinges, handles, bolt, and other accessories that compose it. This is the moment in which you will have to fix the door compared to your home structure and properly place these accessories that compose it.

Next comes the installation of the new door, which can become a complex process if nothing is replaced exactly. You will have to lift your door and fit it in place; the accuracy of the installation will determine if it can open, close, and lock properly – and therefore if it is actually placed in your home’s entrance.

4.1. Tools Required

To hold and steady the old door, place 4″ x 4″ wood posts about 12″ away from the door on each side of the door. You can also add shims to keep the post in place. This will keep the door from falling when you remove it. If you have questions, you can ask a construction expert for advice on this or any other step. They can also help you with the measurements. City or community building inspectors are also an excellent source of information. They will be able to help you by looking up specific codes and other information that you may need to know.

Once you have chosen the replacement door, you are ready to begin the project. To do the job, you will require the following tools: hammer, tape measure, 10″ compound miter saw, adjustable wrench, 4′ level, 6′ level, electric drill, 4″ x 4″ posts and shims, power plane, 1′ chisel, caulk gun, flat and Phillips head screwdriver, T-square, plumb line, drill bits, rubber mallet, reciprocating saw, pencil, and carpenter’s square, and safety equipment such as goggles, dust mask, and heavy-duty gloves. If you need to remove the existing door before installing the replacement door, remove the door trim and stop. The stop is the wood trim piece that holds the door.

4.2. Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Finally, remove the hinge side nails at the base. In order to see if, indeed, the unit will slide free, set the nails aside and punch the remainder into the rough opening. Place the unit’s floor one side on a flat surface and remove enough nails in their perpendicular direction so as to free up space for your cat’s paw. The threshold is often pot-marked and pitted, due to the removal of the nails with a circular saw. Use a LISTOLI and accept this reality with grace. Wipe out the threshold of hidden debris and secure the unit to the 2×4’s on the tag side.

Use a claw hammer and position it at the top of the jamb, above the trimmer studs and tap it down for this 6’8″ door, which will expose the nails, which were driven from the rough side of the jamb. Every 5 feet, drive in more nails by a foot, working on the idea that small nails are easy to pull but big nails may be sawed. About 3′ up start from the center and drive in nails in pairs, one close to the other. Place a 2″ chisel between the nails at the head of each pair and pull it back, prying the jamb away from the trimmer studs.

In general, the replacement of a front door and door frame is an easy-to-accomplish project for a skilled DIYer. Because carefully measuring the rough opening and installing the door are key to a successful project, step-by-step instructions will be given. We will use and discuss, along the way, a pre-hung steel-clad 6-panel entryway door and double glazed low E tilt-in sash vinyl windows. You’ve finished the measurement. The beauty of buying a pre-hung door is in the standardized measurements.

5. Enhancing Curb Appeal

If you don’t mind getting creative, you could also look for specialty features to add to your door or porch. Think about including a door knocker or wall vase, which can add distinct style to your entryway. No matter how you like to keep house, these tips can protect your new investment in style and safety. Especially if you’re choosing a more expensive or ornate door, it’s important to state a good first impression about your home’s style, hospitality, and security.

Add a fabric awning to help protect your door during a storm or to better reflect your home’s architectural style.

Spotlight your entryway by installing enhanced and well-designed lighting on either side of the door to spotlight your new feature.

Select eye-catching finishes such as the background for the address numbers on your door features or the finish of your door’s kick plate.

Install the perfect peephole by buying a new wide-angle peephole for easy viewing of guests or potential intruders.

Coordinate your hardware by selecting a beautiful hardware set that accentuates your door’s best features.

Half of the battle in replacing a front door is complete if you choose a beautiful door. However, you can add hardware, finishes, and other doors and entryway features to up the curb appeal of your façade. Test some of our suggestions and see what a difference they make to your door and your whole house.

5.1. Painting and Finishing Tips

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so it’s vital to install the right handle and latch set that reflects your home’s look. Deciding on the latch set first will ensure that the height of the handle to the bottom of the lock lines up with the lock set. Choose a latch set that matches the screw hole patterns of your existing hardware – the good news is that almost all handle sets are standard. Before you install the new or reused latch set, make sure that the surfaces are clean and screw it on carefully and symmetrically. If light is an issue, leave the film on the inside for a few days to conserve darkness and stop dust from congealing on the paint. High-quality fittings can help to create a contemporary or period look.

If your silly season schedule is a bit on the frantic side, putting more work into the front door than cleaning it might seem like a bad idea. But investing a bit of extra effort into a great paint job will pay off long term. Regularly wiping it over with a soft cloth and warm soapy water to remove dirt, and a quick sand for regular touch-ups will keep the paint job looking fresh for longer. Sand the new door to smooth over any dings and dents just before you paint it, and start painting within a couple of days. The key to a good paint job is good preparation – paint hates dust and grease, which can lead to poor adhesion and rinse off later. Lay the new door flat on sawhorses to paint. This will allow you to paint all exposed edges on the same day and during the same weather conditions. If aeration lends itself to brush stroke-free results, add a bit of Floetrol paint conditioner to your oil-based paint or Penetrol for water-based paints. Use a good quality brush to paint the door and don’t be tempted to lay it off too often – lay-off marks are your enemy.

5.2. Adding Decorative Elements

New plants in decorative pots, placed on either side of your entry, will help create a whole new look while you’re waiting for the door to be painted. Small trees such as the variegated lemon or bay can be used, as well as tall topiaries. In the spring and summer months, especially, add a burst of color with geraniums in hanging baskets or other tall, colorful plants. By following some of these tips and selecting your new door, you’re well on the way to a great and stylish new entry. These changes can become the focal point of the front of your home while adding real beauty and value.

Beside adding decorative elements to the door, consider adding elements to the entry area as well. Decorative brackets can add instant character to the area just below the gable on the front of a house, drawing the eye up to the porch ceiling. These decorative items are easy to install and available at any home improvement store. If you’re replacing your porch tile, inset stained glass tiles with a few simple motifs to the body of the tiling. Used wisely, stained glass tile can add wonderful detail and charm to an entry.

6. Ensuring Security and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency, securing, and insulating your property are key aims of any building work. When you’re trying to replace front doors, you need to take particular care. You’re not stopping gusts of wind within the building, but rather trying to control heat loss. Stand inside your home just inside the front door. If you can feel a breeze or see the door moving from this location, you need to significantly improve insulation. You can also take a lit candle outside your home and run it over the door frame when the weather is windy. If the flame flickers, then the insulation offered by your front door is, without a doubt, poor. You may consider having two doors – a non-opening door inside the house and a heavily insulated door on the outside.

When looking to buy and replace a front door, it’s important to consider practical requirements: How durable does it need to be? Do you have children, pets, or live somewhere very exposed? Do you have proper insulation elsewhere in the home and want to match that? If you live in an apartment block, building regulations may stipulate a particular type of safety door. Look for the following when considering the finishing touches to your front door. As well as matching your preferences, a front door should suit the style of your home and local area. Local building regulations – and a Home Owners’ Association, if you have one – may stipulate what types of front door are permissible.

6.1. Choosing Secure Locks

In that case, the door doesn’t just say “welcome,” it also screams “hardware store run.” If choosing a new door unit isn’t enough of a project, selecting secure locks can seem overwhelming. That’s where this article steps in, with 10 helpful tips to ensure that your home’s entrance has excellent style and a top-notch security rating.

Why not just update the locks, paint the door, or add a new storm door if your current one is in bad shape? What’s the reason for replacing the door unit entirely? For one thing, the front door sets the tone for your entire home. A dented door with peeling paint and an outdated light or mailbox detract from your home’s curb appeal. A well-maintained entryway, on the other hand, communicates that the home is in good condition.

If you’re planning to replace your front door, you’re making a wise investment and a safer home enhancement. You could see a significant return on your investment too. Unlike a new coat of paint, sparkling clean windows, or fresh landscaping, a new or newly faced entryway could last a lifetime.

6.2. Weatherproofing and Insulation

Door sweeps are good for sealing the bottom gap of a door, but you also need to consider the sides and top. This is where quality weather stripping is important. Many types are available in both felt and foam, but the sturdier metal, vinyl, and reinforced felt or foam types are often better looking as well as longer-lasting. They are held in place by double-stick tape or tacks, and the setup is similar to installing a door sweep.

To keep cold air where it belongs, get your doorway a high-quality door sweep. This strip of metal or flexible plastic has a rubber or silicone sweeper attached to the bottom to bridge the gap between the door and the floor. To install it, measure the door width, use a hacksaw to trim the sweep to size, and tack it onto the door’s outer edge, pressing it into place so it seals the gap and sweeping the screws through its mount holes. A door sweep not only helps keep your energy costs down, but it also can prevent mice and other pests from creeping inside. If you don’t want something as permanent as a door sweep, a door snake is another option. This cloth tube is stuffed with insulation and can be set into place or removed as you choose.

From the exterior, you can add to the weatherproofing by installing a door sweep at the bottom of the door. On the interior, it’s a smart idea to check your weather stripping and install a nice curtain to add another layer of insulation.

7. Maintenance and Longevity

To improve the longevity of your new door and help keep your home as beautiful as it can be, be sure to also properly install it and make certain it is well-sealed, well-adhered, and well-finished to keep water, drafts, and the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays from entering your house. A professional door installer will make certain your door jamb is square and well-pitched with flashing just above the door to prevent the water from seeping in. Part of this process can involve reinforcing your doorframe, and in some cases, replacing it. The door installer is then able to secure the door directly into the house frame for added stability, rather than into the door jamb merely. To help ensure the door will be airtight, your installer will apply self-stick weather stripping that stretches the entire length of the door jambs, both on the strike side and on the hinge side if a pre-hung door is being installed. A door sweep can also be placed at the bottom of the door and a solid draft blocker at the entrance. Applying a durable weatherproofing sealer or stain under a covered entryway can also help protect your door and home from exposure to sun, wind, and rain.

No matter how beautiful your door is, you’ll want it to last a really long time. Since wood seems to be the most timeless and most beautiful choice, if you are drawn to it, be sure to select one that is built for longevity with durable construction and proper overhang. Look for one that is resilient and resistant to warping, rotting, and twisting, such as the elegantly smooth Mahogany wood also listed below in the fourth point. Repainting when needed and a clear-coat finish or new paint coat every five years will help it last. If wood is not your thing, fiberglass may be a good choice for you, especially if you live in an area with harsh climate conditions. This door typically outperforms all other door materials due to its many benefits, such as that it won’t rot, rust, warp, split, or crack; plus, it’s rust and corrosion resistant and doesn’t change dimension. Keep in mind, though, that it may crack, discolor, or bow under extreme heat, so, again, be sure to pick a door that is compatible with your climate. Steel is also a very good long-lasting door material, and it gives your home great security as well.

7.1. Cleaning and Care Tips

Whether you are a homeowner or installer, new front doors are a quick way to drastically change the overall look of your home’s façade. On the flip side, if they look a bit shabby or dated, they can also leave a negative impression before walking inside. Once you have chosen the style and material of your front door, it’s time to install it. Here are some helpful instructions, expert tips, and information you’ll need to know.

Keep your door in peak operating condition. Keep your door well maintained. This includes keeping weatherstrip clean and pliable, making sure your door is square and properly sealed at the threshold, and keeping the door and finish properly maintained.

Keep your door finish looking new. To keep the finish on your door looking new, use a high-quality exterior finish, but do not apply it over the weatherstrip. No stains or varnishes should be applied to your door.

Frequently inspect your front door. Over time, exposure to the elements can cause minor nicks and scratches that may lead to more serious damage. It is important to examine your door to ensure its performance and beauty year after year.

Keep your front door clean. Use a soft dry cloth and a nonabrasive cleaner to clean the door frame, door panels, and the decorative glass. Dry your door after cleaning to help your door stay beautiful. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners; they can damage the door’s finish, void the warranty, and may not be effective on painted surfaces.

7.2. Preventative Maintenance

There are numerous rot repair products available at home improvement stores. A complete line of high-performance, two-component wood refinishing options includes well-tested fillers, thinners, removers, sealers, epoxies, and varnishes. These products can be used to repair the injured areas of the door and maintain the integrity of the entire door unit. If the damage is extensive, the door can be restored in place, avoiding expensive replacement of the entire door system. This is a great solution for high-use doors or when the homeowner wants to maintain the look of the original door by preserving the door frame and surrounding trim. Complete the repair by finishing the entire unit with the appearance you desire for your home – stain or paint, the door system looks brand new again and you saved a lot of money!

Inspect and seal wood components annually, preferably in the spring or early summer when damage may be more easily restored. All surfaces of the door should be given attention to ensure it remains protected from the weather. If the coating on the door is no longer present, it is time to refinish the door. But consider this – if even the best doors require ongoing maintenance to work correctly and prevent further issues, why not choose a door that doesn’t require yearly staining or painting to maintain its warranty?

8. Conclusion

Your home’s entrance can do or die, but it doesn’t need to be a daunting project. Give consideration to your expectations, and you will have fun and add great value to your home. After all, isn’t it supposed to be fun to come home in the evening?

1) Think about why you want to replace your front door and what design features you’d like. 2) Which direction does your new front door face? Different types of exposure have a different impact. 3) Is your new front door part of a larger remodel or is it a stand-alone project? 4) Are you involved in a home improvement or renovation project that requires expert installation? 5) Do you have your heart set on a particular design or feature that might not be ‘standard’? 6) In what condition are your locks and main door hardware? 7) What kind of weather, temperature, or rainfall exposure will your new front door be subject to? 8) Have you talked to and compared at least two design professionals to discuss your new front door? 9) Will new front doors need to meet specific building code specifications, fire ratings, or energy codes? 10) What kind of budget, financing, or payment options have you factored into purchasing a new front door?

Some might say the front door is a visitor’s first impression – so should you upgrade or replace it, and if you are going to replace it, what should you consider? The following are a few tips that could help and get you started.

Replacing or updating your front door is different than other home remodeling tasks. The front door not only serves two important purposes – security and energy savings – but the style and design can make a significant impact on the feel of your home. Just as opening the front door to your home can make a major statement, entering your house through a new front door for the first time should be inviting and appealing.

8.1. Summary of Key Points

Installing new weatherstripping helps save energy, which results in saving money. Weatherstripping helps seal the spaces between parts of doors and windows. Be sure the door swings in an appropriate direction if safety is a concern. There is variance in each area of the country regarding which is best for security. Storm doors add another layer of security protection. Kick and frame plates are available for added strength. There are many types of security locks available. Beefy brass hardware can look fabulous. Once the hardware has served its useful life, have new hardware installed for safety. Locks are important! Position doorbells, letterboxes and numbers for the door at most convenient and attractive location. Tie in door’s architectural design with every other part of the home’s design. Items 5, 6, 7, and 8 are additional tips on enhancing the entrance when replacing the front door.

Replacing a front door is not an easy task because you must carefully remove the existing door and its jamb and threshold, and then you must methodically build out a new frame and install the new door. If your door is an older style, then make sure it is possible to use the desired hardware style with it before going through the process of building an entirely new frame. Most modern doors come as a prehung package which includes the frame. When choosing a door, there are a very wide variety of materials, colors, styles, and shapes. In addition, there are also several optional features to consider. Any of these options may be used to help personalize the home’s entrance.

8.2. Final Thoughts and Encouragement

It is surprisingly easy, even for someone with limited time, experience, or skills, to replace a residential front entryway door. Replacing a front entryway door provides a distinct and noticeable improvement in your home’s appearance while adding functionality. Many modern door units are energy-efficient, made using composite materials such as two steel or fiberglass skins on a polyurethane core, to reduce energy waste and help conserve the Earth’s climate. Whether replacing with a wood, fiberglass, or steel unit, and whether you are installing a model for a pre-existing frame or installing a “prehung” unit with a new frame, anyone with modest skills and only several hours of time can achieve this improvement.

In conclusion, replacing a front entryway door is an excellent way to improve your home’s appearance and energy efficiency. You can replace just the door and reuse the existing door frame, or if the frame is also due for replacement, then select a unit with a pre-installed frame to make installation easier. Careful measuring of the existing rough door opening is crucial to getting an appropriate fitting, so always take time to measure both the height and the width of the existing opening in multiple places. Both doors with wood or steel substructure are more affordable and easier to repair than fiberglass, but fiberglass and high-grade steel tend to be more energy-efficient. Prepare the existing door frame according to your door unit’s manufacturer’s instructions, and carefully fit the new door into place, ensuring it is checked for plumb, level, and squareness. Finally, insulation, weather stripping, and flashing should be appropriately installed to help prevent air and water leakage.

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The Impact of Replacing Your Front Door on Home Value and Curb Appeal


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