Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying a Door
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
1. Buying a door? First, set your budget for the project
There are a number of factors to consider when setting a budget for a new door.
Front doors come in a variety of styles and materials, and you should be able to find one that fits your budget. The top options include:
Steel - The most affordable option and a good choice for most climates. It offers strength and durability, and requires only minimal maintenance and upkeep.
Fibreglass - Get the look of real wood at a budget price. Fibreglass is built to withstand any climate, and requires minimal maintenance.
Wood - If you want to go big, wood may be the best material for you. Wood doors look amazing and can be custom crafted. They should also be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping, so they do require a more upkeep.
Here's a look at the price range for each, according to Home Advisor:
Keep in mind those estimates are in US currency, and Ontario residents should be sure to adjust accordingly.
You might also want to consider adding a double door, or a door with decorative glass. Anything beyond the standard options will increase your costs, but if it's worth it to you, go for it!
Homeowners often spend more money buying a door for the front of the house than any other in their house as it's a focal point and adds curb appeal.
Make sure there's a warranty
When buying a door, it should come with some assurance of quality over an extended period of time. Make sure there's a product warranty so you know who to contact if the door itself proves to be problematic.
On top of that, the installer should offer a warranty when it comes to the work done on your home. Budget Windows & Doors, for example, offers a 10-year workmanship guarantee.
When considering your budget for a door replacement, don't forget to include installation. You may attempt to get the job done yourself, but we're here to tell you there are many benefits to putting away your ladder and choosing to work with the professionals.
For more, check our article on hiring a door service vs. DIY.
Make sure your door is under warranty.
2. Do your measurements before buying a door
Measuring for a new front door is more complicated than simply figuring out height, width and thickness. If you don't get it right the first time, you could end up buying a door that doesn't fit!
Here's how to get this done in five easy steps:
1. Remove interior trim of existing door to expose the rough opening stud to stud.
2. Measure width first and determine widest standard size. Standard outside frame widths are 31.5, 33.5, 35.5, 37.5 inches, meaning your rough opening should be approximately 1 inch wider than your door frame to allow for shims and insulation.
3. Measure the height of the opening. Standard outside frame heights are 82.5 and 97.5 inches, so your rough opening should be 83-84 inches.
4. Measure the thickness of the door from somewhere close to the door handle.
5. Once the size is measured, you will need to determine if the hinges are on the right side or the left side.
Note: left and right are determined by the outside of the house or outside of the room facing the door. Then, determine if you want the door to swing in or out. Measure the surrounding area to make sure there will be no impediments when opening.
For more information, check our article on Measuring A Door 101.
Watch this video to see how to measure a door.
3. Rely on the pros after buying a door
Budget Windows & Doors offers their clients an incredible selection of windows and doors at exceptional prices. During your consultation, one of their team members will take proper measurements and talk to you about the different options available for you. When it comes time to get the door hung, we recommend you let the professionals take over.
A professional door company will be able to offer workmanship guarantees and a warranty, both help bring a healthy measure of peace of mind along with them. It's also important to rely on people who have Workplace Safety Insurance Board coverage in case of accident.
When you contact Budget Windows & Doors, for example, you can set up a personal client consultation, during which we are able to determine the true needs of your project.
For a door replacement of any other work required, we are conscientiously aware of time and budget constraints that could potentially be a deterrent moving forward.
Trust Budget Windows & Doors!
When it comes time to replace your windows and doors, trust Budget Windows & Doors!
With over 20 years of experience, we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction.
Regardless of the size and scope of projects, owner and president Robert Lindner will personally meet with you, listen to your ideas and needs, and make experienced suggestions and recommendations.
Our highly trained professionals also take great care to replace windows and doors.