A misaligned, unsecure entry door installation defeats the purpose, and those are the results many enthusiastic DIY homeowners get when they install their own front door. The indoor drafts that can occur from poor installation not only make your home uncomfortable, but also spike your utilities bills when Raleigh’s extreme temperatures arrive each winter and summer.
You may have contemplated installing your own front door, but we’re here to let you know why for the best long-term outcome, it’s to your advantage to let the pros do your installation.
Problems Associated with DIY Entry Door Installation
Cutting corners on your home’s new entry door installation can cost you. Here’s why:
1. You may end up compromising your home’s security
One of the main purposes of your home’s doors is the safety and security of those you love. When you install your own front door, it may not turn out as secure as it should be. Don’t risk the possibility of having an intruder enter your home due to improper installation.
Solution: Get peace of mind with pro door installation, knowing your loved ones and your property are well protected.
2. You set yourself up for higher energy bills
If you attempt to install your new front door yourself, chances are, it won’t be a snug fit, which leads to leaks and shows up in your utilities costs. If you see light around your door frames, your door wasn’t installed properly.
Solution: The pros draw from extensive training and experience to get your door installed with a tight seal around it. And you will enjoy the benefits of energy savings as a result.
3. You risk injuring yourself
Even if you have a helper, trying to manage a heavy front door’s installation can cause you personal injury. It’s not easy to balance the door or place it at the correct angle for proper installation, and you risk hurting your back or knees.
Solution: Allow a team of pros to use their expertise and their full range of proper tools to handle your door installation so you don’t injure yourself.
4. You risk damaging your new door or your door frame
Entry doors are difficult to maneuver. One false move, and you could damage the brand-new door you were so proud of, or the door frame that surrounds it. Your walls may even take a dent or two if you’re not careful.
Solution: Taking care of your biggest investment is always worth it, and pro door installation will preserve your home from damage.
5. Needed repairs may be left lingering
When an old entry door is removed, sometimes wood rot or other damage is found. Problems like these need to be addressed properly before installing a new front door so the damage doesn’t get worse. Mold and wood rot can spread over time, compromising your entryway and creating more of a hassle to overcome at a later date.
Solution: Before installing a new entry door, a pro team always addresses wood rot or any other problems so your home’s integrity is well maintained.
6. You may incur water intrusion
Mistakes during a DIY installation can lead to moisture penetration, mold, mildew, and wood rot down the road.
Solution: Avoid the possibility of creating leaks and other moisture problems by hiring a certified door contractor who knows how to avoid them.
7. Vital steps that ensure insulation may be overlooked
Many DIYers either don’t caulk their entry door properly or use the wrong kind of caulk. The result: a poorly insulated entryway. They may also neglect to add window tape across the bottom seal—which leads to draftiness. It’s likely they won’t find the right balance of insulation on the top and sides of the door, creating subpar results.
Solution: Skip the drama involved in trying to get insulation details right—call Kelly Window and Door.
8. Your door may not end up perfectly vertical
DIY entry door installation may mean your door isn’t “plumb”—or vertical. This problem causes it to stick when you try to open and close it, creates annoying squeaking noises, and can even lead to uneven flooring. You’re sure to end up with heating and air conditioning loss, and it will cost you in not only extra energy spending, but also wear out your heating and air conditioning unit quicker.
Solution: Get the perfect fit with a door installation by the pros.
9. Your door may not be level—horizontally
When homeowners install their entry door themselves, there’s a good chance it won’t be level. As a result, the locking latch won’t line up properly, and you’ll see gaps either along the top or sides of the door.
Solution: Gain all the benefits of experienced pro installation including a level door that safely locks.
Before Choosing Your New Door
Surprisingly, there are many choices when it comes to selecting your new doors. From style to hardware and installation, you’ve got some decisions to make. At Kelly Window and Door, we come alongside you and guide you so you can enjoy a stress-free process from concept to completion. Take a look at our Homeowners Guide to Replacement Doors.
Get Your New Entry Door Installed Right the First Time
You can avoid the hassles of DIY installation and get the premium long-term performance you deserve from your new front door. We install only the finest door materials by the trusted manufacturer: ProVia. Our doors excel in beauty, endurance, and energy efficiency.
Kelly Window and Door is the premier replacement door installation company serving the greater Cary and Raleigh, NC areas with precision, worry-free door installation. Contact one of our friendly team members and schedule a free consultation.