Like many homeowners, you probably think to yourself, or out loud, what are you gonna do about your doors. Rob Robillard of the Boston Globe looks to provide some help in a new article titled “Advice on new doors, basement insulation, and more.”
A reader writes to Robillard, asking about the best option for replacing six of his doors. He has two options. According to the article, the first option is “Buy new doors mounted in the casing with the hole for the knob/handle precut. Would still have to have all stained and sealed.” The second option is “Buy new doors mounted in the casing that are preprimed white and ready for installation. Baseboard trim would have to be painted white or replaced with ones that match.”
Robillard writes, “ It’s always less expensive to replace a door ‘slab’ than install a new prehung door and jamb unit. You should purchase your doors as blanks, without the knob bore drilled out and hinges cut. To answer your questions directly: Option 1 works with ‘blank doors’ stained and sealed. This allows your carpenter to cut the hinges and knob bore in the exact location it’s needed to match up to the old jamb. Most carpenters use door-installation jibs that allow them to do this. Option 2 requires installing a new door and jamb and changing the trim. With this option you may find yourself cutting into or adding base trim, which risks wall damage and might necessitate painting the walls.”
At Platinum Exteriors NW, we offer beautiful front entry door systems, decorative sliding patio doors, French doors and many other entry door units. Therma-Tru entry doors, ReliaBilt entry doors, JELDWEN doors, Milgard doors and Atrium French and sliding doors are just some of our manufacturing partners. When it comes to the material composition chosen for each individual door, the decision varies greatly depending on both the desired appearance as well as the scope of your project. Our front entry door systems are available in wood, fiberglass and metal. French doors and sliding door units from Platinum Exteriors NW are available in wood, fiberglass and high-grade vinyl. For your reference, in selecting the right front entry door system for your home, fiberglass is the most popular choice of material due to energy efficiency, long term protection and greater depth and definition. They even have the aesthetic appeal of a stained or painted wood door without the associated maintenance and upkeep.
Whatever door installation needs you might have, you can’t go wrong with Platinum Exteriors NW!