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Should Your New Door be Professionally Installed?

Are you a home owner who has decided that your front door needs to be replaced? If so, chances are that you may have considered attempting doing this as a DIY project. While it may sometimes be possible to replace a door yourself, this is a project that is best left to industry professionals for various reasons – all of which will be discussed below.

1. Prevent Serious Injury

Each year, more than 75% of home owners who attempt to perform any type of DIY project end up injured. These injuries can range from minor (think small cuts or bruises) to more serious, such as amputation of fingers, serious back and neck injuries, concussion or even the loss of an eye. Hiring experienced installers will not only mean that your door is correctly installed; you will not have to worry about being injured while trying to hang it yourself. In fact, some people have been badly injured when trying to offload the new doors after purchasing them because they don’t realize how heavy and awkward they are to handle.

2. Avoid Common Installation Problems

Hanging a new door is by no means an easy task – even although it may look simple. However, when a door is not correctly hung, it will stick whenever trying to open or close it. More than 90% of them will have hinges that end up being squeaky or loose, causing the door to not latch properly. Other issues that will arise as a result of a poorly installed door are that the room that it has been installed on will not seal properly and existing trims and/or wall plates won’t be aligned correctly.  If the door is not planed correctly to fit into the frame, it can get badly damaged as well.

3. Experts Can Install Doors Quickly

Many people don’t realize just how long it takes to hang a door correctly. When trying to install a door as a DIY project, the process could take you anywhere from half a day to a few days – and you may still have issues afterwards. However, removing the old door, planning the new one to ensure that it fits correctly and cutting holes to install new locks can take anywhere from an hour or two to a full day for an expert to do properly. The amount of time required will depend on how well the original door framework was installed and how much planning will need to be done to get the new door to fit properly.

Another reason why you should have a professional install your new door is that they have all of the necessary equipment on hand to do the job as well, which is why they will get the job done quicker than you would be able to.  While it may be tempting to save a small amount of money by attempting to complete a door installation yourself, the long term inconveniences and cost to correct them will end up being more costly in the long run.


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