Door Installation and Repair Advice

Time to step up your curb appeal with a new front door? Get wow-worthy doors with these installation and repair tips.

It's time to roll out the welcome mat and step up your door game. With door installation and repair, you can create eye-catching entryways in no time. From the front door to the garage door, here's what you need to know about installing and repairing the doors in your home.

Door Installation 101

Time for a design upgrade or style change? Interior doors, front doors, and garage doors play an important role in the appearance and functionality of your entire home. Whether a remodel, addition, or new home build requires the installation of new doors, or if you are simply looking to refresh your living space, installing doors can be a big project.

The door installation process depends on the type of door, the size of door, and if you can use an existing door frame or if you need to start from scratch. Using the current door frame can speed up installation, so you may want to consider choosing doors that will fit with the existing framework when you are purchasing new doors. But, if your door frame is broken or if you are adding a new doorway, you'll need to factor in the added time, labor, and cost of installing the new door frame.

If you are going to add new doors and frames, it's best to consult a contractor who can help ensure that the doorways do not harm the structural integrity of your walls.

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Front Doors That Welcome

Say "hello" to visitors with a flawless front door. As an essential part of your curb appeal and one of the main entrances to your home, front doors should make a strong first impression. When it comes time to select a front door, you'll want to think about door style, material, and color.

Front doors are one of the first things visitors see, making them not only functional but also an integral exterior design element. It's important to consider how different door styles will work with your landscaping, home design, and exterior surfaces like siding.

Front Door Installation

Since front doors tend to be heavier than interior doors, they can pose more of a challenge when it comes to installation. Additionally, front doors are still exterior-facing doors, so they need to be installed with the proper insulation. A contractor can help install heavy doors and apply insulation to prevent drafts.

Finding the Best Front Door Material

When it comes time to select a front door, it can be tough to know where to begin. Not only do you have to find the perfect style and color, but you also need to select a material that can stand up to the elements. Popular front door materials include: steel, wood, and fiberglass. For added protection from the outdoors, some homeowners choose to go a step further and install a storm door.  

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: The right hardware and color add the perfect finishing touch to any front door. Don't forget to think about what door handles and colors will work well with your entryway. You may even want to consider adding a knocker to increase visual interest.

Interior Door Ideas

No matter if it's time to replace worn out doors or if you're looking for a quick home update, installing new interior doors can help create privacy and add designer-worthy focal points. As a bonus, interior doors are typically thinner and lighter than exterior doors, which can help keep purchase and installation costs low.

The type of door you select will not only affect your home's style, but it will also affect the overall cost and installation process. With doors available in a multitude of designs and materials, how do you know where to start? Here's a rundown of some popular interior door choices.

Pocket Door

Looking to save space or to add doors in small rooms? Consider pocket doors! With their ability to slide, pocket doors can still be closed for privacy, but you also have the benefit of being able to tuck them away for an open-concept, decluttered feel.

French Door

Let the light in with glass doors. French doors are great for separating spaces while still allowing light to flow throughout your home. If you are hoping to achieve a cohesive look between rooms, French doors are a beautiful addition to your home's interior design.

Barn Door

The barn door is back and better than ever! This popular door trend is the perfect way to add a touch of rustic chic to your home. Not only do barn doors provide stunning visuals, but they also have the ability to slide — making them the ultimate functional decor piece.

Paneled Door

A popular choice with homeowners, paneled doors will add a classic look to your home. From two-panel doors to six-panel doors, you can achieve many different looks with this door style. Available in a variety of materials and colors, paneled doors can also be painted or stained to your color specifications.

Not sure which type of door is best for your home? Local contractors can help select and install doors that fit your budget and design preferences.

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Exterior Doors

Exterior doors pack double the design punch. Not only do they play a role in your curb appeal and landscaping, but if they open directly into your home they will also affect your interior design. Whether it is an entry door, side door, or a back door, exterior doors have a lot of responsibility.

In addition to their dual-design duty, exterior doors are expected to withstand the elements, protect against drafts, and provide security. Materials like steel, wood, and fiberglass are popular choices for exterior doors, with steel often being the most affordable option.

Patio Door

Searching for the right patio door? Popular choices for this door design include French doors and sliding glass patio doors. These doors provide easy access from your home to the outdoors — a perfect fit for grilling season.

Screen Door

Want to let the outdoors in without the bugs? When thinking about exterior doors, don't forget about the possibility of adding a screen door. Available in many sizes and options that slide or swing open, screen doors are sure to complement any exterior door of your home.

Exterior Door Design Tips

If you have an exterior door that also plays a role in your interior design, consider adding fiberglass windows within the door. These windows can seamlessly tie the interior and exterior of your home together while also providing a stunning design element and increasing your home's natural light.

Door Repair

Have a door that just won't open? If the doors in your home are struggling, you may be able to get them back to normal with repairs. Depending on the situation, and on the type of door, door repair is typically cheaper than door replacement. Door repair is definitely an alternative to consider, but just remember that some doors or door frames aren't good candidates for repair, making replacement the only viable option.

Common signs that you have a door in need of repair include: drafts coming from the door frame, sinking and swelling that makes the door difficult to open or shut, and the door sagging.

Unsure if door repair is your best bet? A local handyman can assess the situation, give advice, and provide estimates for both door repair and door replacement.

Garage Door Installation and Repair

When thinking about the doors in your home, don't forget about the garage doors! Whether you are installing or repairing a garage door, it is a big project. When it comes to installation, the exact process will depend on the specific door and brand. We recommend leaving garage door installation and repair projects to a local contractor who can handle the weight and size of these doors.  

Garage Door Opener Installation and Repair

When installing a new garage door, chances are you will also need a new garage door opener. Garage door openers are great when they are working correctly, but their electrical component means it is not uncommon for homeowners to experience garage door opener issues. It can be difficult to diagnose and repair garage door opener problems on your own, which is why we recommend getting connected with a repairman the moment you notice an issue. If your garage door opener needs repaired anyway, you may want to think about upgrading to a quieter unit.

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