A brand new door can bring a whole new lease of life to your home, by brightening up its appearance as well as improving its security at the same time. When you’re thinking about replacing your door and installing a shiny new replacement, make sure you’re fully prepared and ready for the job at hand, with these handy tips for installing your new door.
Measure twice, order once
Before you start ordering your door we’d recommend that you take measurements of the height, depth and width of the door opening. It’s always worthwhile taking the measurements a couple of times at the very least, as well as noting down different metrics such as inches and cm. This will ensure that you have the right measurements so that when your door arrives, you’ll be sure that it fits.
Have the right tools and materials at the ready
Installing a new door can prove to be a lengthy process at the best of times, so you don’t want to start the job only to then realise that you are without some of the vital tools and materials. This will only add more time and effort to what could be a fairly simple DIY job with the right preparation.
Here are some tools and materials that we would recommend having to hand when the time comes for you to install you new door:
- Tape measure
- Spirit level
- Screw driver
- Caulking gun
- Allen Keys
- Pry bar
- Putty knife
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- Wood shims
It’s a two person job
Pick a time for installing your new door when you have your partner, or a friend or family member to help you complete the task. Attempting to do the job by yourself will prove to be quite stressful and more difficult than it has to be.
Make it a priority at the start of the day
Installing a new door can take quite some time, even a full day for those who are new to this type of project and who possess the minimal skills required. As such, it’s recommended that you start the job early in the day. Remember that you cannot begin installing a door one day and leave it until the next day to finish, for security reasons.
You should also try to pick a good weathered day to install the door, as wind or rain will only add more stress to the job and perhaps prolong the length of time it takes.
With the right preparation beforehand, you’ll find installing a door to be a very simple process. It’s only if you decide to jump in head first, where problems might arise.