The fact that pre-hung doors come with an already-attached door jamb makes them easy so far as installation is concerned. It makes these doors an ideal choice for most small business owners as they help make it easy to save on both time and money at the installation stage.
However, the fact that they make for an easy do-it-yourself project does not mean that one cannot make mistakes when installing these doors. Here are some of the things that you should look out for.
Nail heads that stick out
Nail heads that stick out tend to mess with a door's finish. Protruding nail heads on your paintwork will likely make for an eyesore. They can also end up interfering with the ability of your door to close and open with ease.
To be on the safe side, always ensure that you countersink all your nails. And what is even better is that you don't have to worry about any holes forming on your door, or its frame, as these can be leveled out using wood putty. Doing so will help to save you from having to do time-wasting maintenance work later on.
While it is easy to have a functioning pre-hung door without bothering with screwing it into the studs, overlooking the screwing step is bound to present problems later on. This is because with no extra support from the studs, door jambs sometimes pull away as time goes by. They sometimes also warp.
Forgetting to screw the studs is a mistake that will end up costing you a lot in terms of money and time.
Shims usually come in handy when it comes to ensuring that a smaller door flawlessly fits a larger frame. They also come in handy in helping to eliminate any gaps in an installed door. It is therefore advisable to use them when installing a pre-hung door because they help to smooth out any rough-edges of a do-it-yourself door installation project.
Wrong measurement choices
This is a problem that business owners with odd-shaped door openings or non-standard-sized doors face. Should they go for doors that are larger than their openings and then try to resize the opening? Or should they go for smaller doors and then try to fit them in the larger openings?
For pre-hung doors, it is always safer to go for doors that are smaller than your door opening. This is because all that it takes to get the door to fit to a larger opening is to extend the jamb. As for making the door opening larger, that is a lot harder.
If you have specific questions about the type of door that will be best for you, talk with a professional from a place like Callahan Door and Window.Share