A new front door can provide your home with a fresh look. A front door isn’t just the first impression of your home, but it keeps your family safe and protects your home from the elements. When you choose a new front door, you may be wondering if you also need to hire a professional to install it. Many homeowners think that an entry door replacement is a simple enough job to DIY. However, when it comes to entry door replacement, hiring a professional is a good idea.
When you go with professional installation, delivery will usually be included. You won’t have to worry about getting the new door to your home. If you don’t own a truck, this can be an issue to do on your own. Even if you do own a truck (or have access to one), transporting the door without damage can be a challenge.
For a basic entry door replacement, a screwdriver, pry bar, level, caulk and caulk gun, and a hammer are the standard tools you’ll need. Many homeowners may have these in their toolbox. But if you’re installing a different size or style of door, there is damage to the frame, or you run into issues, you may need specialty tools that aren’t in the standard homeowner’s toolbox. A professional installer will be prepared.
If you haven’t done an entry door replacement before, you’ll be learning as you go. It may look easy. You have an existing frame, and it’s a pre-hung door. But has the frame been damaged? Do you know what to do to fix a damaged frame? Exterior doors need to be installed snugly. If the door doesn’t fit correctly, drafts will affect any energy efficiency you hoped an entry door replacement would add to your home. A door with gaps has potential for water damage, which causes much bigger problems. And improper installation can be a big security risk. A professional installer has done this many times. They know what problems to look for. They know how to make the frame and the door work together correctly. And they know what to do if – or when – issues arise.
Homeowners usually find that “easy” DIY projects, ones that should take a weekend afternoon, often end up taking much longer and rarely are finished without complications. If you’ve never replaced a door before, it will definitely take you longer than it would a professional. Professional door installers often guarantee their work – meaning that if something goes wrong, they’ll fix it. If you make a mistake, there is no warranty or guarantee. You’ll need to take care of the fix and this may be beyond your capabilities.
When it comes to your entry door replacement, would you rather attempt a DIY installation that could go wrong, or hire a professional? When attempting DIY projects, it sometimes makes fiscal sense to think “how much will this cost to fix if I get it wrong” and decide that the installation cost is well worth your time and investment. A professional door installation will make your new front door look the best and give the best first impression for your home. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today for a virtual appointment to talk about a new front door for your home.
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