The carpenter’s code is to measure twice, measure again, then cut. When ordering a replacement entry door, start with measuring the height and width of the existing entry door to determine the correct factory size to purchase. If measuring for a double entry door, remember to measure the width of the two doors together.
Before ordering, accurately measuring the depth of the entry door’s jam is critical to your door project’s success. This determines how thick the wall is. But keep in mind that your entry door’s depth doesn’t include the interior trim, or any exterior siding.
Once your brand new entry door arrives, it’s important to measure the rough opening of the door frame to confirm that the factory measurements you sent were followed correctly. Center your entry door inside the open frame and use a level to make sure your door is perfectly vertical. When making adjustments to your entry door’s alignment, wooden shims are a necessity, allowing you to compensate for any oddities in the framing.
After the initial test fitting stage, we trace the moulding’s outline along the exterior siding of your entry door, and then proceed to cut it. Next, we create a moisture barrier by applying building paper to the exposed areas of your wall, preventing any future rot or mold from forming.
After double-checking your entry door’s jam to confirm it’s perfectly plumb, hardware units—such as hinges, double bolt locks, and door levers—can begin to be installed. Electronic entry door levers are a lifesaver on the occasions when you lock your house keys in your car. Just type in your numerical password, and you can grab your spare inside.
Once we’ve removed the factory installed retainer brackets and confirmed that the entry door smoothly opens and closes, the next steps are anchoring the moulding to the door frame using a galvanized nail gun, and using anchor screws to strengthen the installation. Once the entry door’s threshold is adjusted, we’ll apply caulking and weather stripping to finalize the installation process.
Don’t Wait Any Longer to Install the Newest Energy Star–Rated Entry Doors
Heating and cooling your home gets more expensive each year, especially when you neglect to take simple energy saving precautions, such as installing draft stoppers under your entry doors. The only way to reduce your energy costs is through thoughtful considerations about how you can improve your home’s temperature retention.
A properly installed energy efficient entry door keeps your cool air inside during the summer. It also prevents your heat from leaking throughout the winter. Double-check any entry doors and windows for drafts; that way, you’ll know ahead of time exactly where your local contractor needs to apply caulking and weather stripping.
Specifically, when you’re searching for a replacement entry door, consider the amount of insulation different materials provide. For example, old-fashioned wooden and glass entry doors provide significantly less insulation than steel and fiberglass doors, which pack layers of foam inside their cores.
So many homeowners appreciate the warmth that a wooden entry door adds to a home. For example, an elegant red oak entry door will draw visitors right in. When inquiring with your local contractor about possibly installing a wooden entry door, just be sure to consider the extra work required to maintain the character of the door’s wood.
Regularly dusting the inside and outside of your wooden entry door helps prevent corrosive salt from settling into the wood, causing damage. All wood entry doors are coated in polyurethane and special exterior paint with UV protection to prevent moisture and future fading.
It’s recommended to hire a door restoration specialist at least once every two years to refinish your aging entry doors. Personally, Perry Brothers Constructions recommends installing maintenance free fiberglass entry doors, which can be designed to imitate your favorite dark woods without the hassle.
Most modern entry door brands today are designed to earn an Energy Star rating, no matter your door project’s budget. Additionally, in Massachusetts, you could earn extra tax rebates and incentives when you replace your old doors with qualified Energy Star brands.
Replacing your drafty entry doors is an essential part of protecting your home from the elements. Doing this can keep out unwanted moisture, which can quickly produce patches of mold on the walls of your home. Exposure to large amounts of mold spores may cause symptoms like difficulty breathing, fatigue, and skin irritation. Repeated exposure to mold particles worsens allergic reactions, so it’s wisest to eliminate the root of the problem rather than attempt to control it.