Installing new doors can add a touch of style and a professional finish to your new interior design. Not only do modern internal doors look great, they can also make your home feel more cosy and welcoming, and improve your property’s energy efficiency too. A good quality door will save you money over its lifetime by significantly cutting your heating bills.
How to Choose Your Door
There are dozens of different door styles out there, to suit period homes, contemporary interior design, and everything in between. The main things that you will want to think about are the style, the material, and the finish.
Most interior single doors are either made of uPVC or wood. Wooden doors can be solid hardwood, veneered, or hollow core moulded. The most affordable option is hollow core moulded, and these doors are sold either pre-painted, with a woodgrain or smooth finish, or ready to paint – making them ideal for people who have a colour in mind. Solid hardwood doors are durable and long-lasting, but tend to be a little more expensive. Veneered doors are a good compromise, as they have a hardwood veneer, but are lighter and use less wood to make, so they are usually more mid-range in price.
How to Measure Your Space
When you are shopping for a replacement door, make sure that you measure the size of the opening (from frame to frame) instead of measuring the existing door. This will ensure that the door is a good fit.
You should take five measurements:
Doors, even hollow ones, come with hardwood lippings around the outsides which can be planed or sanded to make the door fit into an opening if it is too tight.
There are several standard sizes of door, based on the most common openings. If you live in an older property your interior doors may not be one of the more common sizes, and you may need to get a bespoke door made. If you have very large door openings, then one option is to get a standard sized door, and add sidelights to fit the rest of the opening.
How to Install an Internal Door
Some doors are supplied ‘ready to hang’ with all the hardware and fixings included. In other cases, when you buy a door, you just get the door, and you will need to fit the handles, etc yourself. These instructions assume that you are buying a slab door that will be hung in an existing frame.
Usually, if you buy a standard-sized door, it will be a tight fit in a standard-sized frame, and you will need to trim a little off the height and the edge. Try to remove an equal amount of lipping from both sides of the door, rather than cutting down one side significantly.
You can make the job much easier if you use the same size of hinge on the new door as you did on the old one, since this means that you will be able to keep the original hinge holes and hinge positions. If you are unable to do this for whatever reason, try to stick as close as possible to the guideline positions – placing hinges 15cm from the top of the door frame, and 22.5cm from the bottom of the frame. If you need a third hinge to support a heavy door, place this in the middle between the other two hinges.
You can re-use your existing handles, assuming that the latch works well. If you need to replace the handle (or even just the latch), then this is usually easy to do – although you may need to make a new slot in the frame to accept the latch plate. When doing this, take care to chisel away from the body, and keep your hands well behind the cutting edge. If the original latch or the door hinges are stuck because they have been painted over, you can use a screwdriver to prise them off, breaking the paint.
Installing the Door:
Heat your home for less
Upholding ethical forestry
Within 5 working days
Meeting performance standards