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?
ALL COMMENT AND HELP ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED. THANKS IN ADVANCE
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.
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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