Maintaining the look of your entry doors is an important thing to keep up with, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for security and usage purposes. Because you’re using these doors every day, you might notice that they’ll slowly develop small cracks, which then grow larger until they begin warping your wood.
Pre-hung doors are an ideal option if you’re looking to replace your doors without hiring a contractor to do it for you. They’re also basic enough for the average homeowner to put up without too much difficulty. If your frame fits two front doors, there are also pre-hung exterior double doors that can be customized to your liking.
To install a pre-hung door, you’re going to need to first remove the door that’s going to be replaced. Once that has been completed, carefully remove the molding and pry away the door jamb.
Now that you have a bare opening, calculate the dimensions. Measure the width between the jambs on the side followed by the head jamb to the seal as well as the thickness of the wall. It’s imperative that you measure each part carefully.
Next, you’re going to need to determine whether or not additional framing is needed – for example pressure-treated lumber to complete the frame.
Finally you’ll be able to fit your door into its place followed by a thick layer of caulk around openings. Secure the door with cement screws at the shims. Then, test the operation of the door to see if it is blocked by any excess materials.
After safely securing the door and testing it out multiple times, wait for the caulk to dry and check for any straggling pieces of wood. The only thing left that you’ll need to take care of is cleaning the door and the frame. Your door is now ready to fully function as the newest addition to your household.