Installing Exterior Doors

Installing exterior doors is an essential, and inevitable, task: at some stage in our life, we will be required to change our exterior door. When faced with this dilemma, we have the option to either hire a professional, or change it ourselves. In this article, we will discuss how you can avoid the expense of a professional, and fit your door professionally and securely. With this article, you will be installing exterior dooin no time!

Choosing Your Exterior Door

An exterior door is a particularly important feature of any house. Primarily, the door acts as the first barrier between you and the outside world, keeping the elements, and other uninvited guests out. If you do not choose a door that is both solid and secure, you could be jeopardising the safety of yourself and your family, as well as putting your personal belongings at risk.

Additionally, you want to look for a door which meets the necessary fire regulations, and looks stylish too. There are an infinite number of doors to choose from, and if you are skilled at woodworking, you could easily make your own. The only things you have to bear in mind are its dimensions compared with those of your door frame, and its elemental resistance, that is how well it keeps in rain and wind.

If you are not so adventurous, you could always visit a large home store or DIY store, which should have a wide selection of exterior doors for you to choose from. Now lets get down to the actual essential considerations when you are installing exterior doors.

Installing Your Door

This article will discuss how to install a pre-hung door, although you may find this information useful for installing exterior doors of other types.

Firstly, remove any existing door frame, and ensure that the floor level is flat. This can be easily seen from a spirit level, and if it is not flat, you may need to make some adjustments to ensure the doors opens and closes properly, and does not swing shut, or lead to any further problems.

Next, liberally apply a rubber sealant around the gap, which should measure at least one inch larger in all dimensions than your new door. This will go towards draft exclusion and insulation for your house and your new door, through providing a tight, snug seal.

Now it is time to actually install the door unit. Place the bottom edge of the door within the bottom of the gap, and use a tilting method to raise the door vertically. It is important here to ensure the door is centred and fits snugly.

After making any necessary adjustments, you should partially nail the door in place, taking care to leave the nails protruding for later removal. This should be done through the hinge where possible, to avoid aesthetic damage to the surface. It is important to analyse the door from both sides to identify any problems.

Because of the temporary tacking, you can make the necessary adjustments before having to finalise your door within its frame. Obviously, this is a very rough guide, but that is essentially it: installing exterior doors really is that easy.

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