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Measuring a Door 101

Updated: Aug 26, 2019





Measuring a door is more complicated than simply measuring height, width and thickness. In this article, we will offer a "Measuring a Door 101" summary, as well as some helpful tips for the door replacement process. If you're planning to replace a door in the near future, the experts at Budget Windows & Doors are here to help - we take great pride in the work we do for you, and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction!





Measuring a Door 101


How to measure a door


A failure to get this done right the first time could result in purchasing a wrong-sized door and having to begin all over again. This video offers a helpful visual of the process:



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 your size is measured, you will need to determine if the hinges are on the right side or the left side. Note: left and right is determined from 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.


What You Should Know Before Purchasing Your New Door


Once you have gone through the steps of measuring a door, there's a few things you'll want to consider before purchasing a door for replacement.


The look you want to achieve: A door replacement presents an opportunity for a quick and cost-effective refresh on the look of your home. Your front door is a focal point of your home, so an upgrade means instant curb appeal. Think about the colour, whether you want to add windows, and the door handle - all of which should fit with the overall look of your house. (Will insert door trends 2019 when published).


The materials you want: The various types of material include wood, fibreglass, aluminum and vinyl. You'll want to make sure it's secure and able to protect your home from weather and potential break-ins.


The warranty: The door should come with some assurance of quality over an extended period of time. Make sure whoever is installing it for you passes along that information so you know who to contact if the door itself proves to be problematic.


A door replacement presents an opportunity for a quick and cost-effective refresh on the look of your home.



Rely On The Pros After Measuring a Door


Front door replacement is generally necessary every 30 years as a result of regular wear and tear.


You've measured your door and done some brainstorming prior to buying. 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.


Budget Windows & Doors can walk through every step from measurement to installation, and we offer a 10-year workmanship guarantee.



Trust Budget Windows & Doors To Get You The Perfect Door!


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.


“The new door & windows installation has really enhanced the look of our home. We have had many positive comments. Thank you for a job well done. – M. & A. Ens


Read more customer testimonials here.


Contact us today for your no obligation estimate.



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