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Interior Door Installation and Replacement

 

One of my customers has been planning to do some improvements to her house for quite a long time. We’ve talked several times and I think I may have sent her a dozen price quotes. That’s fine with me; I know how hard it can be to decide what to do.

I must admit she chose a great looking door and some great casing to go along with it.

First we removed the old doors

 

The New Prehung Door Is Installed In The Existing Opening

We Install ed The Casing. We Caulked and Puttied The nail Holes.

This job was a normal interior door replacement. We used six-panel interior per-hung doors. Along with new casing and hardware.
We removed the old doors and hauled them off along with the old casing and frames.

The job went well. The new doors looked great and opened and closed perfectly when we left. The old doors were hard to open and then had to be propped open because they swung closed.

The job took about four hours plus a little clean-up time. The homeowner was very pleased with the doors and we’re going to go back soon to remove the popcorn ceiling and install some crown molding.

 

When installing a door, you may wonder what is the difference between a prehung door and a slab door, and when you might use one door over the other. Let's look at the definitions first.

What is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door is, as the name implies, a door that is already hanging in its own frame. It's a fully self-contained unit. Even before installation, it's theoretically possible to open and close the door within its own frame. The main parts of a pre-hung door are: door slab, hinges, and frame.

What is a Slab Door?

A slab door is what we normally think of when we think of doors: just a rectangular slab of wood, composite, or steel. It has no hinges or hardware. It's up to the remodeler to attach it to the door frame via hinges.

Which is Cheaper--a Pre-Hung Door or a Slab Door?

All factors being equal, the cost can be close to equal. Prehung doors are fairly easy to install however the trim (called casing) also has to be installed on both sides.
With a slab door the hinges must be mortised to match the existing hinges already in the door frme. This can be pretty tricky and should probably b rleft to an experienced door installer.

You mat want to consult with your handyman and see which method he feels best about.