Door Installation; DIY, or professional?

Does the task of door installation sound intimidating, or easily manageable? The answer will likely depend on the size of the project, coupled with your do-it-yourself skill level.

There are several types of projects that require the need for door installation, such as replacing exterior doors, interior doors, patio doors, etc. It is important to pay close attention to the type of door you choose for your project, due to the fact that doors add to home aesthetics, property value, and energy efficiency.

How do you decide if your door installation will be a do it yourself, or a professional project? Consider the pros and cons of each:

DIY Pros:

  • You maintain full control of the projectOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Save in labor cost (if applicable)
  • Self satisfaction

DIY Cons:

  • No physical help if working alone; time-consuming
  • Harder to troubleshoot if you run into a problem
  • Fixing a mistake can cause unexpected expenses

Professional Pros:before

  • Cost may be included with door purchase
  • Customer satisfaction guarantee
  • Worry free experience

Professional Cons:

  • Time and date of install may be inconvenient
  • Relinquish full control to someone else
  • Have to open your home to a work crew

Tips for DIY door installation:

As with any home project, before you start, make sure you have all the parts and hardware required for the job. Prepare your work site by removing clutter, and having clean surfaces to work on. Read all manufacturer’s instructions and pay special attention to safety precautions.

Tips for professional door installation:

Communicate your vision to the vendor before you pay for anything. Make sure the door you buy is the appropriate size for the space you are working with. Ask questions at time of purchase, such as: is installation included with purchase, is the work guaranteed, what are the property owner’s responsibilities?  

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.