Door Installation Services
Hire the skills of a handyman to get your doors in working order.
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Door installation may look like an easy task, but it's something that requires precision and expert handling. Hanging a door incorrectly can cause several problems down the road, like a door that doesn't lock or close properly. Not to mention the safety concerns linked to a dodgy door.
Luckily, there's a whole host of experienced professionals out there who won't mind giving you a hand installing your door. Here are a few things you need to know about what a door installation service can do for you.
What door installation services are available?
Whether you need to fit an internal or an external door, a wooden door or a sliding door, a manually-operated door or an automatic door, there's likely to be a door installation service to meet your needs. Here are a few of the most common types of door installation service and what they include:
Internal door installation
Typically, internal doors are the simplest type of door to install. However, the complexity of the job will also depend on the style of door that you've chosen and where you need it to be fitted. Internal door installation involves measuring the space, cutting the door to size and fitting new hinges.
Sliding glass door installation
Although great for those with limited space, sliding doors can be tricky to install as they may need a wall cavity to slide into when they are opened. Your handyman will begin by fitting the frame and the cavity before installing the door onto the frame. Finally, they'll attach rollers to allow for that satisfying slide.
Screen door installation
Mesh screen doors allow us to enjoy the fresh air without letting all the critters inside the house too. As well as fitting the screen, this type of door installation may involve fitting new hinges, handles and lock cylinders.
Automatic door installation
Commonly used in commercial settings, automatic sliding doors help you to ensure that the door is shut at all times. To install your automatic door, a handyman will deal with all of the electrics involved as well as the installation of the door itself.
French door installation
French doors are often used as external doors and will lead you from the house to the patio or garden. This type of door installation is a little more complicated than your normal external doors and may take your handyman half a day or so to complete.
What is included in a door installation service?
Depending on the job, a door installation service usually includes to following:
- Removing the old door
- Replacing the hinges
- Installing the new door
- Fitting any door handles
- Changing locks where required.
How do I install a door?
Door installation varies according to the style of door that you've chosen and where you're installing the door. Generally, installing a door follows similar steps:
- Size up your door to make sure it fits your frame.
- Trim thin layers of wood off your door using a plane to cut your door down to the perfect size.
- Mark out where your hinges will be and use a chisel to create a hole in the door.
- Attach the hinges to the door with screws.
- Fix the hinges to the frame with screws.
How much does door installation cost?
The cost of installing a door will depend on several factors including the type of door, the size of the door, if your handyman is building the door for you and whether you're having a lock installed too. For simpler installations, the job should only take a couple of hours and may cost around $120. However, this amount can be significantly higher for complex fittings.
How do I compare door installation services?
To get the job done correctly, you need the right handyman for the installation. Here are a few things to consider when comparing door installation services:
- Does the price of the job reflect the quality and vice versa?
- Can you find any reviews from previous customers?
- Is the handyman insured for accidents that occur on your property?
- Does the handyman have the correct qualifications or experience?
- How long will it take to get the job done?
- Is the handyman using the correct equipment and materials?
How should I prepare for door installation?
Before your door installation, you'll need to prepare by finding the right sized and shaped door to fit your frame. While a handyman will come and fit your door, they won't buy the door for you. In some cases where you need a unique shaped door, you can ask a door installer to build the door for you.
Do I need to be at home?
A door installation is an expensive job to get wrong, so it's always worth being there to oversee that the job is being done correctly. Of course, you don't have to be there for the job. If you won't be, it's a good idea to leave detailed instructions for the door installer.
Pros and Cons of a door installation
- A handyman will have all of the equipment to carry out the installation, so you don't have to buy any costly tools
- A professional installer will make sure that the door is flush so that it opens and closes smoothly, and doesn't allow any drafts to come through
- Can be more expensive than doing it yourself
- More involved jobs can cause a mess in your home
Frequently asked questions
How do you hang a door?
To hang a door, you'll need to make sure you have the correct equipment for the job including a chisel, drill and wood plane. To begin the process, you'll need to measure the new door to size, before cutting it down to fit the frame. Next, it's time to mark out the hinge positions and attach them to the door. Finally, screw the hinges into the door frame securely and check that the door works as you wish.
Should I install a door myself or hire a handyman?
Unless you have the expertise and the right tools at hand, hiring a handyman is usually the easiest option when it comes to installing a door. A professional installer will also ensure a quality finish on the job.
What door materials are available?
Although traditionally made from pine or oak, doors are generally available in timber, uPVC, aluminium and composite materials. The right material for you will depend on the position and the use of your door.
What styles of door are available?
In this modern world, the possibilities are endless when it comes to doors. Whether you're searching for a traditional wooden door, a high-tech security door, a stylish glass door, or a space-saving roller door, you'll be able to find something for you on the market.
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