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Exterior opening (or “masonry opening” if you have a brick or stone door surround). Measure to the outsides of the exterior casing and then from the bottom of the sill to the top of the trim. Compare these measurements with those of a prehung door that has standard 2-in.-wide “brick molding” trim. If the framed door with standard trim is too small to completely fill the space or if you want a different trim style, you have three options. The best solution is to order a door with wider, flat casing to fit the opening. You can always add a piece of decorative molding overtop to approximate the style of your existing exterior trim. (We ordered 2-1/-n. flat casing and reinstalled the existing decorative molding.) Second, you can order your door with standard molding and fill the gap with additional strips of wood. The last option is to order the door without exterior molding and make your own to fit.


Editor's Note: Buying a New Door Most home centers stock prehung exterior doors in a limited number of styles. Common jamb widths for stock doors are 4-9/16 in. and 6-9/16 in., and they usually include 2-in. wide brick molding for exterior trim. These doors work great for newly constructed walls and for replacing doors in newer homes. But if, after measuring the jamb width and opening sizes for your existing door, you discover that you need a different size jamb or that your exterior trim is wider, then you’ll save a lot of headaches by ordering a door to your exact specifications. There are three types of doors to choose from. Steel doors are popular because they’re inexpensive and require little maintenance. Fiberglass doors won't warp or rot, and the more expensive models are hard to tell apart from real wood. You'll find the widest selection of styles in wood doors, but be prepared to spend extra time maintaining the finish. Prehung exterior doors are available at home centers and lumberyards. If you can’t find what you're looking for in stock, you can order it. Take along your measurements and a sketch showing which way the door swings. If you plan to install a new entry knob and deadbolt, pick them out before you order the door. Then ask the salesperson to have the door drilled to accept your hardware. It'll cost a little extra, but it's well worth it to avoid the nerve-racking job of drilling into a new door. Don't forget to order hinges that will match the finish of your hardware. A beautiful new door


Editor's Note: Buying a New Door Most home centers stock prehung exterior doors in a limited number of styles. Common jamb widths for stock doors are 4-9/16 in. and 6-9/16 in., and they usually include 2-in. wide brick molding for exterior trim. These doors work great for newly constructed walls and for replacing doors in newer homes. But if, after measuring the jamb width and opening sizes for your existing door, you discover that you need a different size jamb or that your exterior trim is wider, then you’ll save a lot of headaches by ordering a door to your exact specifications. There are three types of doors to choose from. Steel doors are popular because they’re inexpensive and require little maintenance. Fiberglass doors won't warp or rot, and the more expensive models are hard to tell apart from real wood. You'll find the widest selection of styles in wood doors, but be prepared to spend extra time maintaining the finish. Prehung exterior doors are available at home centers and lumberyards. If you can’t find what you're looking for in stock, you can order it. Take along your measurements and a sketch showing which way the door swings. If you plan to install a new entry knob and deadbolt, pick them out before you order the door. Then ask the salesperson to have the door drilled to accept your hardware. It'll cost a little extra, but it's well worth it to avoid the nerve-racking job of drilling into a new door. Don't forget to order hinges that will match the finish of your hardware.


Then set the door in the opening for a test fit. Hold a level against the hinge jamb and adjust the door and frame until the jamb is plumb. Check to see how the casing fits against the siding. If the siding is so far out of plumb that the door frame and casing don't fit in, you either cut back the siding or trim the casing. It looks better if you can cut the siding, but it's usually more practical and easier to trim the casing. Mark the casing in areas that need trimming. Then take the door out and trim the casing with a belt sander or circular saw.


After insulating the space around the door (Photo 12), install the interior trim. Photo 13 shows how to cover a gap between the doorsill and flooring. Complete the job by caulking the exterior (Photo 14). For gaps wider than 3/16 in., insert a foam backer (available at home centers, hardware stores and lumberyards) and apply caulk over it. Most doors require an additional trim board under the sill to support its outer edge. Finally, remove the door and paint or stain and varnish the door, jamb and trim.


Black Door With Dark, Neutral Exterior - If you're considering a black front door on a house that's painted a dark hue, you might want to paint the door trim white, or another light neutral. This helps the door pop out from the background color of the house, making your entry more obvious and welcoming.


Make sure to follow instructions carefully, or hire help when framing a new interior door. Doors can be bought pre-hung or as slabs. A pre-hung door comes mounted in a frame with its hinges attached to the doorjamb. A slab door comes just as the door itself — you'll need to install hinges and the door frame to make sure that the door is hung properly. Door sound ratings Interior doors are given an STC (sound transmission class), which measures the amount of of sound loss thought the door.


If you have nice wood elements, keep them natural, but set them off with white painted wood trim. If the baseboard trim and door casings here were natural wood, none of the elements would really stand out, especially against the wood floor and the decorative joists above the door. Add white painted trim to the mix, though, and all of the high-quality wood detailing stands out.


Make sure the building paper is intact around the frame edges. If not, slide strips of No. 15 felt behind the siding and tack it to the framing with staples. When you're sure the door will fit, caulk along the sill and behind the casing and tip the door into the opening. Photos 8 – 10 show how to shim and nail the door. The goal is to center the door in the opening and shim the sides until they're plumb and straight. Adjust the pairs of shims until the gap between the door and the jamb is consistent on the sides and top of the door. When you're happy with the fit, nail through the jamb into the framing at each shim location. Then replace one screw closest to the inside in each hinge with one long enough to reach the framing. This will keep the door from sagging over time (Photo 11).


Most home centers stock prehung exterior doors in a limited number of styles. Common jamb widths for stock doors are 4-9/16 in. and 6-9/16 in., and they usually include 2-in. wide brick molding for exterior trim. These doors work great for newly constructed walls and for replacing doors in newer homes. But if, after measuring the jamb width and opening sizes for your existing door, you discover that you need a different size jamb or that your exterior trim is wider, then you’ll save a lot of headaches by ordering a door to your exact specifications.


If you plan to install a new entry knob and deadbolt, pick them out before you order the door. Then ask the salesperson to have the door drilled to accept your hardware. It'll cost a little extra, but it's well worth it to avoid the nerve-racking job of drilling into a new door. Don't forget to order hinges that will match the finish of your hardware.


Door size. Measure the width and height of your old door. Round these up to full inches to find the size of the replacement door you’ll need. If, for example, your door measures 35-3/4 in. wide and 79-1/2 in. tall, you'll order a 36-in. by 80-in. door.


Exterior Trim And Mouldings Even Our Details Steal The Show. What in the name of curb appeal do our 100% cellular PVC trimboard, decorative mouldings and door and window surrounds do so well? Two things: 1) Move exterior trim from shrugged-at status to center stage of your home exterior; and 1b) Make sure the beautiful design statement you’re making stays beautiful year after year without rotting, warping, splitting or breaking your heart.