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What are the advantages of replacing interior doors with the frame instead of slab doors?

Answered by Brendan ~ January 12, 2011 ~ 1 Comments » | Respond to this question

Besides being easier for the contractor to install, what are the advantages of replacing interior doors with the frame instead of slab doors? Would one normally cost more than the other as far as the labor cost?

Lue ~ Atlanta, Georgia

Brendan Fowler

I think you are referring to installing pre-hung doors (jamb, door, hinges) versus installing a new door into an old jamb. It can take years to perfecting the art of hanging doors. There are so many subtle tricks and techniques to getting a door to work just right that I can't possibly break this question down into a bullet point list of pros and cons for each way of installing a door because you would fall asleep reading it. What I can say is that generally it is more cost effective to get a whole new pre-hung door. This way you are assured that the new door will fit and work properly with minimal headache. All doors are a little bit different so trying to get a new door to fit in an old jamb can gobble up lots of labor and ultimately cost more in the long run. There is no right or wrong answer here, you will just have to weigh your options and pick the one that works best for you. Good Luck!

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