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As you casually walk through your house, you could spot more and more signs that the internal doors could do with replacing. Perhaps you have wooden doors which have warped or chipped over time, leaving your home looking less than immaculate, leading you to thinking a door repair is more than likely is in need to get them looking a day old again.
It might be worth considering new doors of a different material – but, whichever material on which you do ultimately settle, how can you ensure that the old doors are replaced effectively?
Measure the existing opening
When you want to replace an internal door, you can choose to either have a new door placed into an existing doorway or remove both the old door and its doorway with it. At its easiest, this would perhaps entail you removing the current jambs and casing and fitting a prehung door. At its hardest, it may be advised you are to look at using professional installation or replacement services.
In either case, get the right measurements for the door you need. The supplier of your doors might carry out a site survey to pin down the precise measurements and so prevent costly inaccuracies.
Select an appropriate style of door
What does your house look like as a whole? This can help you to answer the question of which door style for which you ought to opt. However, you might still need expert help in making a choice. Fortunately, you might be able to get exactly that assistance from whatever company will provide the doors.
Aim to keep heat but spread light
Your chosen material for the door can play a big part in helping you to do this. If the internal doors are glazed, they can allow more light to enter dark rooms but still prevent warmth escaping or nuisance sound being audible through the surface.
Consider whether to install the doors yourself
Would it be easy for you to install those doors without anyone else’s direct assistance? This could strongly depend on your DIY experience and how much you really know about fitting doors.
Better Homes & Gardens offers this guide for securing a new door into an existing opening, while Family Handyman details how to fit a prehung door – in other words, a door with its own jambs and casing. However, your door supplier might offer a full installation service.
Stick to this technique to prevent sticking
Have you decided to go ahead with installing your own wooden interior doors? Act to ensure that those doors won’t stick when you regularly use them. You could plane a subtle slope on each side of a door in a downward direction.
However, you can prevent needing to draw upon this technique if you order doors that will be made to precise specifications – as is possible with PVCu and aluminum doors, for example.