A door is a fairly crucial part of any home. Your door is what serves as the gateway to your home, and the transition between inside and outside. This ensures that a door will serve a number of very important roles.
- Your door is one of the first impressions your home makes on a new visitor (or potential buyer)
- Door provides you with security
- Door provides you with privacy
- Doors are important for energy efficiency
- Your door is a highly practical feature that you will deal with every day
The clue is in the name after all: “indoors!”
Home Door Replacement: DIY or Hire a Professional in Omaha?
Even interior doors play a number of important roles. Inside, doors help to control the spread of a fire, they create separation and privacy between rooms, they insulate you from the sound outside, and they alter the way you interact with space.
With all that in mind, a damaged door is something that you should seek to attend to as soon as possible. But is this something you should try to see to yourself? Or do you need to call in a professional to handle your home door replacement?
Installing a Door: It’s Harder Than You Think
Spoilers: I’m going to recommend that you call a professional in a vast number of cases.
Given the huge number of important roles played by an interior door, it should become apparent just how vital it is that your door is installed properly. Get this wrong and you will compromise your security, your efficiency, and more. This can undermine the value of your property, and prove to be a constant irritation.
What’s more, is that installing a new door is not as simple as you at first consider. Let’s address how you would go about installing an interior door, as an example of how this process plays out. This is an easier job, which serves only to highlight how difficult it is to install any type of door!
Installing an Interior Door
To install an interior door, you first need to order the door from a manufacturer. To get the best price, this will mean buying direct, which in turn requires you to work in the trade. Otherwise, you’re looking at a much higher price from a reseller.
Once you have the door and have chosen the appropriate color and material, you will find that it doesn’t perfectly fit your frame. After all, doorframes vary slightly in size. There is no universal rule here, and so the chances are that you will need to buy a door that is slightly too large and then cut it down.
(Get the measurements wrong and you may have just wasted your cash!) Once you have the too-large door, you need to measure the amount that needs to be taken off. This then requires precision cutting in order to ensure that the door perfectly fits into the frame. This should then be sanded down.
Once again, a mistake here such as an unstraight cut or perhaps an overzealous one will result in a door that doesn’t properly fit into the frame and require you to buy a new door altogether. But other factors need to be considered too. For instance, the door handle will need to be inserted manually. This requires you to cut a hole in the door at the right height, attach the handle, and insert a bar through it.
If you also want a lock, then this further complicates matters and requires even more work and precision on your part.
Conclusion: Hire a Pro!
As you can see then, there are a large number of factors to consider when installing a door and it is not a simple process. You’ll need numerous different tools, not to mention a steady hand and confidence in your measurements. You’ll likely spend more on materials, seeing as you won’t have access to trade prices. And you’ll need at least one other person to help hold the door steady while you work.
In short, it is more sensible in this case to hire a pro to handle the home door replacement job. There are plenty of cases where doing the job yourself is the best choice, but this is not one of those times!
Discount Window and Door of Omaha
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