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Hire a Licensed Door and Trim Installer or DIY?

Why hire a door installer?


Installing Slab Doors. Slab doors don't actually fit in old openings, even if it says it's the correct height and width. Slab doors are made bigger for a reason - they are supposed to be cut down to fit. In addition to cutting the door down to size, you need to precisely cut out the areas for the hinges and for the knob. The only fool-proof way of installing a slab door is to hire an experienced door installer -- they will know how to perfectly fit your slab door. Installing Pre-Hung Doors. Pre-hung doors are much easier to install. In order to install a pre-hung door, you will need to remove the casing and the jamb from the old door. Then you simply place the pre-hung door in its place. Keep in mind however that new pre-hung doors do not always fit into old frames perfectly. You have to make sure that they are squarely placed or the door will not open or close properly. An experienced door installer will know how to shim and maneuver the door into its proper place so that it open and close properly.




Can I put a slab door in an exterior entry?


Yes, you can, but keep in mind that this is not to your advantage. A slab door will not fit perfectly into a jamb and will leave gaps. If you still think you want to do this make sure you add weatherstripping to the door to seal as best as possible. Make sure you hire an experienced door installer to help you with this transition.




Do I really need a professional trim installer?


While it is true some trim work can be easily installed by someone with the tools, it takes experience to do the job right. Professional trim installers know how to work with the walls that are not flat, the corners that are not actually 90 degrees, and more importantly, they have the knowledge to make a simple piece of wood look like a masterpiece.




Why does it matter if a door installer is licensed?


Simply stated, it's for your protection. A Licenced Contractor is state certified, hold a bond, and are insursured. That means not only are all employees and sub-contractors covered should they get injured on the job, but so is their work. One thing that many people fail to consider is that their home owner insurance will not pay for damages or injuries caused by an unlicensed professional.





At Integrity Woodworking, Inc. we know that you value your home and we do, too. We strive to give our customers the quality service you deserve. That is why we go the extra mile to bring integrity workmanship into every door, trim and molding installation project we take on.

 While upgrading your home with a new front door may increase your home's value, it does so much more. New doors and trim work can give you that peaceful homey feel we all desire. That is why we specialize in door and trim installations.