Can I Replace a Door Without Replacing the Frame?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could pop out your old front door and replace it with a new one? While it may sound like a fairly simple task, replacing an exterior door requires exact measuring, experienced carpentry skills, and an understanding of common terms and materials. That’s why it’s best to hire a professional with the proper tools, skills, and expertise needed to perform a new door installation.

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While replacing a door without replacing the existing frame can be done, there are some situations when it may not be possible.

  • New door isn’t the same size as the old door
  • The old window frame is damaged
  • Hinges don’t align properly

First, to better understand why these situations occur, it’s important to understand the difference between a slab door, which is the door only, and a pre-hung door, which includes both the door and the frame that supports it.

While it may be possible to replace the door slab only, the hinge positions and lock bore positions vary greatly from one manufacturer to another, so a new door might not line up properly. Actual door slab sizes can also vary greatly, depending on the age and manufacturer of the original door.

Replacing the door only is not as effective as a new front door installation that includes the entire unit. Additionally, your existing door frame might be damaged, contain wood rot, or not be capable of sealing properly like a new door frame can. If your slab door is more than 25 years old, then you should definitely purchase a pre-hung door to ensure a properly sealed frame.

Benefits of a Professional Front Door Replacement

In order to get the maximum out of your investment, a new front door installation performed by a professional and reputable company is the best way to go.  While a new front door may seem like a small upgrade, it can make a significant impact on your home in more ways than one.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Your entry door is one of the first things people notice about your home, so replacing your existing door with a beautiful, stylish new front door will instantly elevate the curb appeal of your home, in addition to increasing your home’s resale value. While there’s a number of things you can do to boost curb appeal, a new front door installation is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home an instant facelift.

Improved Energy Efficiency

It may surprise some homeowners to learn just how much energy is wasted through their home’s doors. When your front door is professionally installed, the temperature of your home remains consistent, requiring a lot less energy consumption to maintain your ideal temperature. A new front door installation results in better overall energy efficiency in your home, including lower heating and cooling costs.

Increased Security

Technology is always changing, and doors are no exception. New entry door construction is layered to resist a forced entry. Combined with integrated multi-point locking systems, a new front door installation will increase the security of your home.

Greater Durability and Less Maintenance

In addition to providing more security, today’s steel and fiberglass doors offer homeowners more durability and less maintenance. Reinforced cores resist warping, chipping and peeling, and are built to last, unlike older wood doors.

Ready for a New Front Door?

For a successful front door replacement you’re guaranteed to approve of, contact your local  trusted home improvement professionals at Armorvue Home Exteriors. You’re going to love the benefits your new front door provides.


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