Adding Beauty and Value to Your Home with Pre-Hung Exterior Doors
My advice in this post will be beneficial if you decide to replace the current entrance with a new door unit.
Pre-hung exterior door units are now more accessible than ever before. Remember, I didn’t say simple! Pre-hung exterior doors have simplified the installation process, which formerly required more time, materials, and expertise. The phrase “pre-hung” was established since door units can now be purchased and ready to install.
After more than two decades of working in the door and window industry, I can safely say that the installation process for exterior door units from any leading manufacturers is essentially the same.
The first step is to assess the problem internally and externally. Take a look at how your current exterior doors currently look. Has wood rot set in due to years of wetness or lack of care on the preexisting door frame? Is the door airtight when closed, or does it let in cold and warm air? As the price of electricity continues to rise, this factor becomes increasingly significant when deciding whether or not to repair or replace the current entrance.
Here’s a pro tip: get this right for the appropriate frame size. Carefully take off the current door frame interior trim. Measure the width from the underside of the door sill to the top of the frame with pen and paper after removing the border. Your frame size is. A rough opening size can be used if a new building; otherwise, stick to frame size to save the unnecessary hassle.
Step 2: Once you have your measurements, head to your local materials supply store or mega-store to find a frame that comes as near to your specifications as feasible. Remember to specify the external swing direction when ordering your pre-hung door unit. From the outside, most door manufacturers can tell if a door swings to the left or right.
Is the door right- or left-handed? What direction does the swing go in? Is it going to have a single or double bore so you can install your new lockset? Is the jamb thickness 6 9/16″ or 4 9/16″? When you visit the store of your door provider, you may be asked these and other similar questions.
Fourth, get that new lockset and pick up the rest of the supplies you’ll need to finish the job. Whenever I can, I strive to replace worn or damaged interior trim with brand-new edges of the same color and profile. Pull the old nails out from the backside to protect the face side of the border from damage if you can remove the previous frame without damaging it, and it is still usable. Pre-hung outdoor door units can be bought with or without an outside edge.
Tools are essential, and I do not doubt that you have spruced up and prepared everything you’ll need. To finish such a task, I rely on the following tools and other items: tools such as a claw hammer, finish nails (or a finish nail gun), cedar shims, a pry bar, a circular saw, a drill driver, a miter box, a reciprocating saw, a caulking gun, a single small box of 3″ screws, a level, a framing square, a drop cloth, insulation, and paint. Oh no, someone brought up painting again. Before popping the champagne and toasting your hard work, this is the last thing to do.
Take your time, plan everything out in advance, and make sure you begin on an even keel. The rest of the installation will be a breeze if you start on a level surface and position the new frame as closely as possible to where the old structure stood before removal. I believe in you; good luck!
Richard Willis, Author of the Article