Common Entry Door Replacement Mistakes Common Entry Door Replacement Mistakes
While entry door replacement is one of the best home improvement ideas for improving the curb appeal of your home, there are some basic mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
The Wrong Size
There are a wide variety of entry door designs available today. From the simplest solid metal door to the most decorative hardwood, there is a huge market for front doors.
However, just because an ornate door with decorative sidelites catches your eye, it doesn’t mean that a door combination is right for your home. The larger your home, the larger your entry door should be. If you have a smaller home, you should choose a door without sidelites so your home is not overpowered by your door. Additionally, in such cases, a simpler door design may be better than a showier one.
A large home needs a larger, more ornate door.
Not Knowing the Door Material
Entry doors are made of many different materials. The look and feel of each door varies, and so does its cost and maintenance.
Knowing the material your door is made of and what kind of maintenance it will require means that you can count on having a beautiful door for years to come.
Installing Directly onto a Slab or Sub-floor
Entry doors should be installed with a 3/4 or 1 inch board under the door. This will allow the door to open and close freely without having the throw rug or entry mat pushed aside each time it opens. Make allowances for this extra space in the framing measurements.