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Replacing Pre-Hung Exterior Door - Inswing vs Outswing


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11-14-16, 05:29 AM   #1  
Replacing Pre-Hung Exterior Door - Inswing vs Outswing

I have an entry door for my garage that needs to be replaced, and it is currently is an outswing door.

My question is, since i am replacing the entire frame/jamb, can I just purchase an in-swing door and install it from the outside to make it operate as an outswing? It looks like I just need to remove the brick-moulding and then reinstall it on the other side. I can then buy the proper 'security' hinges also.

Is there anything wrong with this? I am not sure what the 'true' differences are between the two builds.

 
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11-14-16, 05:41 AM   #2  
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For the door to swing inwards you need to make sure there is adequate clearance for the door to fully open. Sometimes there are physical reasons for the door to swing out, other times it's just personal preference. Security hinges aren't needed if it opens to the inside.


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11-14-16, 05:47 AM   #3  
You can but you shouldn't. Outswinging doors are built slightly differently and are designed to be hit by rain on the outside... they have a different threshold and a short sloped sill on the exterior side of the door which will weep water the correct direction... toward the exterior.

Inswinging doors have a long sill that is meant to point outside, and the door is meant to be flush with the interior wall. Turn it around and install that side to the exterior and you are asking for a leak. The interior side of the threshold will catch and hold water if it is turned around and installed on the exterior. And water that leaks in on the bottom and sides will run downhill down that long sloped sill toward the inside.

Prehung outswinging doors do not automatically come with "security hinges".

 
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