Your exterior entry doors are a significant part of your home’s security system. These movable structures also serve as aesthetic enhancers, insulators, and weather barriers. Over time, normal wear and tear along with misuse can cause exterior entry doors to deteriorate. When this happens, it’s advisable to install new doors. You will need to choose between exterior entry slab doors and Prehung Doors. Use the following tips for this decision.
A prehung door is a door that is affixed to its frame. It can open and close before it’s installed into a home or building. This door consists of a door slab, a frame, and hinges. Other hardware such as a lock-and-key set may be installed into the door. This independent unit is preferable for exterior entry doors. If you have a damaged door frame, it may be better to install a new frame with an attached door. Prehung Doors are constructed to be tight-fitting. Machines with precise calibrations are used to ensure this quality. For security purposes, it’s a good idea to have as small of a gap as possible between the side of the door and the door jamb.
A slab door is a large rectangular piece of material such as wood of steal. This structure does not have any hardware attached to it and it’s not secured to a frame. You will have to attach the slab door to hinges and hinges to the frame. It’s lighter than a prehung door and can be crafted to suit your wants. You will need to have good woodworking skills to make the door tight-fitting to function as an exterior entry door. However, there are numerous slab doors available in a variety of colors, stains, and finishes. You can choose the type of locking system you install. These doors are less expensive and can sometimes be purchased from home builders for a reduced price.
The look of the exterior of your home factors heavily into the market value of your home. The kind of exterior entry doors you have will heavily influence the security of your home. For these reasons, it’s important to carefully consider both doors before you choose one. For more information on door installation, please visit the website of TCH Prehung Doors & Millwork.