How we replaced our single front door with double front doors.
A few weeks ago, I shared our new double front doors by Jeld-Wen. We are in love with the end result and I have received several questions from my followers. Today, I’m sharing how we installed the doors and answering several of your questions. But first, what do you think? Huge improvement, right?
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Installing the Doors
Scott and I had hopes of installing the doors ourselves. Given the pandemic, we hoped to minimize the amount of people in our home. We consulted with a contractor friend while exploring our options for doors. He helped us measure the opening to determine if we would need standard doors or a custom size. When the time came to install, we decided to seek help for installation.
When the doors arrived, we realized that we did not measure our exterior opening correctly. While the interior opening was perfect, the hardy plank on the exterior created a smaller opening. To minimize cosmetic complications, we decided to hire a professional to install the doors. They had to use a special saw to cut through the hardy plank to create a larger opening. They also swapped out some of the wood framing in the opening. Looking back, I’m so glad that we did hire professionals. They were able to install the doors with precision and we do not have to question proper installation.
If you’re ordering standard door sizes, you can go to the door department in your local Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement and they will be able to help you with your order! If you need a special door size, you will need to go to a specific door dealer.
All of the details for our new doors are in my previous post, but here are the specifics again:
- Architectural Fiberglass Exterior Doors
- 8ft Double Doors
- 1-Panel Glass 3/4 View with Clear LoE 272 Glass
- Rustic Cherry Woodgrain
- Milk Chocolate Stain
While both doors have the ability to swing open, we only utilize one door. The “dummy” door stays bolted on the top and bottom. It has been so nice to open both doors while moving furniture. We have a few things left to complete for this project. I’m currently sanding the front porch so I can stain it to compliment the doors. We plan to have our interior floors refinished to a natural white oak color. We are working on caulking and painting the trim around the new doors. We also need to touch up some of the exterior paint from the installation. Finally, if you noticed, we need to fix the door hardware to make it straight and level. Stay tuned for more progress and make sure you’re following along with the journey on Instagram!