Installing Pre-Hung Replacement Doors

Pre-Hung Doors Might Just Be The Better Choice For A Replacement

Are you in the market for new doors? The first decision you have to make is whether to purchase pre-hung doors or slab doors. Pre-hung products may simplify the installation process for your replacement doors.

In fact, pre-hung doors have a number of distinct advantages over slab doors, especially when you’re handling your the replacement process on your own. Here are a few reasons why:

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  • Ease of installation: Pre-hung doors come ready to install. They consist of the door slab, the outer frame, and hinges. Holes for the lockset and deadbolt are typically pre-drilled. You don’t need to be an expert to get a pre-hung door installed quickly and perfectly level.
  • Weathertight: Pre-hung replacement doors come fitted and hung in a frame, eliminating the need for weather stripping. They also open and close smoothly and correctly, with little to no adjustment necessary.
  • Variety: Pre-hung doors come in a wide variety of materials, designs, and colours with numerous price ranges. Do your research to find a door that best suits your home’s needs and your budget.
  • Time savings: Save time and effort by choosing pre-hung alternatives. Ensure you take proper measurements to guarantee that your replacement doors are level and tight-fitting.


There are two scenarios that are particularly common for pre-hung replacement doors: there is either no door frame, or the existing frame is damaged or warped beyond repair, preventing a proper fit; or you are undergoing a major remodeling project, complete with new floors and the removal of existing door frames.

Efficiency And Security

Like other doors, pre-hung are available with different energy efficiency and security ratings. Researching all available options and ensuring the product you choose matches your needs is particularly important when you are replacing exterior doors. New pre-hung replacement doors are typically all Energy Star rated. Compare features and test results as the basis for your decision making.

Before You Buy

A word of caution before you rush to your local hardware store: pre-hung doors can be very heavy as the door slab and frame are one piece, and are best handled by at least two strong adults. Also, while installation is pretty straightforward, you will still need to do the finishing around your new pre-hung door, including exterior moulding and interior casing.

Contact your local door experts today for further details, a quote for replacement doors, or to schedule your in-home consultation. They’ll be able to help you determine the best option for your particular situation.

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