How to Measure a Door for Replacement

Spring is right around the corner so you may be thinking about adding some curb appeal by replacing that old worn out door. Here’s some tips on how to measure your door so you can get a quote on the correct sized replacement the first time around.

Once you know how to measure a door, you’ll be able to call in an order in no time, but don’t worry Polar will also measure so we eliminate any sort of error.

Follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Figure out is the door is a right- or left-hand door and in-swing or out-swing.

Step 2: Draw a diagram to write the appropriate measurements. Take a measurement of the width, height, and thickness (or edge) of the door. Make sure you do not include any other features, like weather stripping or the door sweep, ONLY measure the door. Write down the exact measurements and, in parentheses, round them up to the nearest inch.

Step 3: Measure the width of the door jamb. Again, do not measure any of the trim materials. When you face the jamb, you will take the measurement from the back of the interior trim piece to the back of the exterior trim piece.

Step 4: To be on the safe side, it’s worth measuring the height and width of the framed door space – not including any trim materials.

Now you’re an expert in how to measure a door for replacement!


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When is it time to replace my home entry door?

Purchasing a home is an exciting time for most buyers. They may be caught up in the excitement of their new purchase or feel stressed due to their new responsibilities. Fortunately, many homeowners are learning easy ways to increase value and curb appeal on their home. Replacing their home’s entry door is a great option, but most homeowners do not know the signs of a necessary replacement.

Enhance the Home’s Look

Of course, curb appeal is essential for having a beautiful and valuable home. The front entrance is what people first see, so creating a good first impression is key. Fortunately, there are many options in beautiful entry doors that offer a new look with quality construction. Homeowners can choose a traditional steel door painted in a color to match the home, or a more dramatic front door with glass and elaborate hardware. The possibilities are endless.

Lack of Function

After a while, many homeowners will have to deal with improper function in their front doors. The locks may be outdated, worn down, and the hinges may be rusting in dramatic ways. The replacement of these entry doors can offer a suitable solution to a front door that is not easily opened.

Proper maintenance of a home is imperative. Not only will homeowners see the added value to the home, but they will also be able to protect this expensive investment.


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Replace Exterior Doors To Add Value to Your Home

Even though it is what on the inside that counts the most, when it comes to houses and their value, the outside matters, too. Exterior improvements such as door replacements, the addition of siding, or the installation of new windows can really increase the worth of a home. Largely this is due to curb appeal, as the exterior is seen first and leaves a lasting impression on prospective buyers.

If you are considering undertaking some home improvement projects in 2014, but don’t have a ton of time to devote to the cause, then door replacement is likely a good option. By upgrading this feature, homeowners can improve value and make their house more energy efficient.

In the recently released findings of the 2013 Remodeling Costs vs. Value report, exterior door replacement topped the list of home remodeling projects that retain resale value. The report found that an estimated 85.6% of costs associated with exterior door replacement will be recouped when a home is resold.

Replacing exterior doors with models that provide more weather protection and security is a great investment even if you are not planning on selling your house in the near future. Doors of this style are tough and experience little wear and tear over the years. They also let little air escape or infiltrate the home, allowing homeowners to improve their energy efficiency and save money on energy costs.

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