Replace an entry door

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services

Do It Yourself or Not?

9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013


The front door of a house is its focal point, so replacing one can make a dramatic difference to its appearance. It also improves security, an investment that pays back in the future. You'll find a wide range of styles, shapes and designs at a door and window store or home center. To understand the steps involved to install a pre-hung door, go to http://www.thermatru.com, a manufacturer's site, where you can see a video or download instructions.

To remove an existing door and install a new prehung fiberglass door, a carpenter or door installation contractor will charge $662, which includes the door and installation. You can remove the old door, buy a new one and install it for $550, the cost of the door, assuming you have basic carpentry skills and tools. A prehung door is mounted with hinges on a jamb that surrounds the door, which is predrilled for door handles and locks so they line up properly. Many have reinforced steel plates behind the locking mechanisms for added security. A door opening is usually built with double studs on both sides; if the opening requires additional reconstruction or repair work, budget more time and money, and reconsider whether you should doing it yourself

To find more DIY project costs, and to post comments and questions, visit http://www.diyornot.com and http://www.m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$662 -- $550 -- 3.1 -- 6.5 -- $112 -- 17 Percent