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Replacing Exterior Door and Hardwood Floor, Which One First?


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06-25-17, 11:53 AM   #1  
Replacing Exterior Door and Hardwood Floor, Which One First?

Currently the existing wood floors reach to the exterior door step inside. I am going to replace whole house hardwood floor and the exterior door. Since I am going to use different contractors for these two projects, which one needs to be done first? By common sense, I think the door needs to be done before the floor - the flooring contractor could finish the trims to the doors (or door casing) beautifully. But I need people's opinion here. Also, the attached is current door. Since it has a sidelite, I need a door specialist to have more precise measure and installation.
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06-25-17, 12:45 PM   #2  
The last day of the floor installation will probably be the day that he works near the entrance door. You could have the door guy remove the old door at that time & install the new door as soon as the floor guy lays the last few pieces.

 
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06-25-17, 06:44 PM   #3  
Thanks @ShortyLong. Got it. This would ideal situation. I will try to have them overlap a day. However, I need to prepare the worst. What if I cannot make them overlap. Let's say they are one week apart and cannot overlap, then which one needs to be done first?

 
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06-26-17, 04:44 AM   #4  
If you talk to either one of them, both of them will want to be first. I had a similar problem. I was hired to paint an entire apartment. The wood floor was going to be refinished after I was done painting. Along came the floor guy & told the owner that he had to do his job first. I told the owner, "I'm not going to do extra work just to make his life easier." No one would listen to me so I refused the job.

I posted the question & I was told that I was right but I still lost $2,000. In your case, I would probably do the door first. There is more if a chance that the new floor would be damaged by the door guys than the door being damaged by the floor guys. Try to coordinate both of them for the same day. In a sense, you are the general contractor & coordination is their job.

 
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06-26-17, 04:50 AM   #5  
Experienced caring tradesmen can do a good job either way but I agree with Marq that it would be best to have the door installed first. Mainly because if there is an issue it's cheaper/easier to fix the finish on the door than the floor.


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06-26-17, 05:43 AM   #6  
Going to agree that you want to do demolition and replacement of the door first. It should line up nicely with the current floor and will probably make that installation easier. Entry door should be standard sized even with a sidelite. Remove the interior trim and take your measurements of the door frame outside frame to outside frame. Then take a measure of the rough opening if there is a lot of wiggle room in that measurement to see how tight the current fit is. Top down measurements should be fine, but just in case take that measurement as well. Order a pan kit to go under the door and have that installed a the same time.

 
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