Too many homeowners think door installation is as easy as fitting a door to a door frame and screwing in hinges. If this were true, there would be no need for professional installers. The truth is, there’s much more to proper door installation than meets the eye. Thinking door installation is quick and easy can lead to easily avoidable mistakes being made, creating major issues that can affect the overall integrity of your newly installed door. There are a number of common door installation mistakes that can make or break the effectiveness of your new doors.
Improper door measurements
The first step towards a proper door installation is to measure your door opening. Measuring will ensure that you buy a new door that fits properly, and that you won’t be wasting your time and money by purchasing a door that just doesn’t fit. Double and triple check your measurements before ordering a new door to ensure accuracy.
Starting the job without the right tools and hardware
Even the most talented installation experts can’t get the job done without the right hardware. Before starting the installation project, it’s important to ensure that you have exactly what you need to ensure a smooth installation. You’ll want to make sure that you have the right hinge screws to keep the door stable, door shims, a level, measuring tape, drill, and the appropriate hardware. One of the biggest advantages of using a professional installer is that they will always have the correct tools and hardware.
Not taking leveling seriously
Leveling is one of the most important aspects of door installations – ensuring that the door, wall, and the door frame are vertically plumb is essential to the overall look and operation of your new doors. Leveling everything prior to installation will allow you to fix any existing issues, as it’ll become much more difficult once the door has been installed.
Lack of insulation for exterior doors
Having inadequate insulation for exterior doors can be a very costly mistake, as it’ll cause your home to rapidly lose energy. Inadequate insulation means that air will escape from your home at a higher rate, causing your furnace and air conditioner to work overtime. Losing energy at this rate will see your utility bills rise rapidly, as your new exterior door isn’t working as it should be. Ensuring that adequate insulation is installed between the door frame and jamb will prevent energy loss and save money.
Trying to install doors yourself
A poor door installation will leave you with an unsightly mess of a door, high utility bills, and a number of problems that will have to be solved in the near future. Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s simply too risky to attempt to install doors yourself. Enlisting the assistance of a professional will ensure that your doors are properly installed by somebody who knows how to navigate through the installation process and avoid common mistakes. Professional installers have access to top of the line tools and hardware to ensure that doors are plumb and level, and that they’ll fit perfectly in their frame. When looking to install a new door, the only way to get the most out of its benefits is to hire an installation professional.
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