How to Replace and Install Interior Doors in Your Home


There are plenty of projects you’ll probably be keen to undertake when you move into a new home. Many people want to fix cosmetic issues right off the bat, such as chipped tiles, ugly paint, or worn carpeting. And these upgrades tend to be relatively inexpensive and offer a lot of visual bang for the buck. From there you might have to fix an outdated roof, upgrade electrical or plumbing systems, or otherwise attend to issues with the infrastructure of your home. And if it’s in your budget, revamping the kitchen or master bath can make your home look brand new and deliver a decent return on investment when you decide to sell. What many homeowners never consider upgrading are the interior doors in their home. But you could not only get more attractive doors by doing so; you could also increase insulation, lowering energy bills and noise in your home significantly. So if your interior doors aren’t really working for you on a functional or aesthetic level, here are some tips to replace them and install new ones.

First of all, think about the cost versus benefit ratio. If you already have extremely functional doors that close properly, swing freely, and are made of solid wood to reduce the flow of noise and energy when they’re closed, you might not want to replace them with a cheaper version just because you prefer a different style. From a practical standpoint it doesn’t make sense. If, on the other hand, your interior doors are both ugly and cheaply made (i.e. hollow in the middle), you’ll almost certainly get a lot of use value from an upgrade.

So how can you replace your doors and install new ones? The task begins by taking accurate measurements. If you select replacement doors that are too small, the gaps will eliminate any energy savings and noise reduction you might have otherwise accomplished. And you’ll obviously have difficulty hanging and closing doors that are too big to fit in the jamb. Another option, of course, is to tear out the old jambs and build new ones to accommodate whatever doors you select, but this is going to cost a lot more. The upside is that having professionals do this job should ensure that every interior door is perfectly hung. But if you’re going it alone, you probably don’t want to take on the extra work, especially if your interior doors fit into a standard frame size.

Once you’ve removed the old doors, you might want to get some extra dough by selling them, or at the very least donating them so that they aren’t going in the trash. From there you can replace home doors with new ones by simply hanging them where they old ones were, reusing the same hardware and pre-drilled holes in some cases. You don’t necessarily need to drill new holes or replace existing hardware so long as everything fits properly the first time you hang it. Some slight adjustments may be in order to ensure that your interior doors fit as perfectly as the North Bay Overhead Doors Inc. product you used for your garage. But when you have another person to help you hang the doors, this should be easy enough to accomplish, leaving you with interior doors that are functional and fit your style sensibilities.

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