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Ddebal 08-31-2009 11:26 AM

HELP -- Entry front door suggestion
1) We want to replace out front entry door. We have a perfectly solid jam. Would it be wise to replace just the door? It is a standard 36" wide door.

2) Our dilemma is that our jam is 6" wide and the In-stock door are typical 4 1/2" wide. To special order will be hike the price almost 50% more than the entry door on hand.

2) Another solution recommended was to add the extra 1 1/2" to the 4 1/2" to round up 6" . My question is; will this look tacky or a good solution to the problem? Will the add-on be covered or seen?



Just Bill 09-01-2009 06:01 AM

Newer doors have much better weatherstripping systems than do older door frames. And bringing older frames up to par is sometimes not simple, and a new door blank has to be carefully fitted. I vote for the complete new door, even if the cost might be higher. Check local lumberyards for the best cost, avoid big box.

Thurman 09-01-2009 07:08 AM

Overall I do agree with Bill that new complete door units are better than the older units in a number of ways. Buying just a "slab" and trying to fit it into your existing door frame will not be easy for the novice DIY. The new 4 1/2" wide jamb can be fitted into the existing 6" wide rough framed area, and will look good if you take your time and do it right. I don't try to make jamb extensions match perfectly, actually I set them back about 1/8" for a little "reveal". It looks better than two pieces of wood you are trying to mate and don't fit properly. Good Luck, David

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