Installing Replacement Doors Requires a Great Contractor

Shannon Lee

Installing a replacement door can be an easy task if the door is not very intricate or heavy. The installation of more elaborate doors, however, might require the talents of a professional contractor. When do you know whether your replacement door is a do-it-yourself project or a more serious endeavor?

Installing a Replacement Door on Your Own

In many cases, installing a replacement door in your home simply requires removing the original door from the hinges, placing the new door in the same space, and fixing the hinges to the frame with new screws. Lightweight doors, such as those leading to bedrooms or bathrooms, can be easily moved around and positioned in the door frame without much effort.

Some replacement doors, including storm doors and patio doors, might be easy to install if you are handy with power tools. Those who know their way around a power screwdriver and drill can have this kind of door installation done in an afternoon.

When to Hire a Contractor

Larger doors, especially those with custom designs, transoms, or sidelights, might require a professional contractor. Exterior doors should be installed with great care as to protect your home from the elements and provide the maximum energy-efficiency benefits. Though you can probably install an exterior door yourself, a seasoned contractor can do it much faster.

Keep in mind that many warehouses and showrooms offer professional installation with the purchase of the replacement door. If you choose a door from a home improvement store, they might offer installation and delivery of your door within a specified time frame; however, you might incur a small fee to have the job done. However, the time saved by hiring a professional contractor could well be worth the extra money!


About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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