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We replace storm doors, cellar doors, interior doors, and closet doors. We have the tools to precisely and efficiently mortise hinges and bore knobs, but more importantly, we know how to use these tools to professionally fit and hang replacement doors with perfect results. We also repair broken door frames, install locks, replace thresholds, and perform almost any kind of door repair.
All doors are not alike. Interior doors are not made to withstand outdoor weather conditions. It can be confusing though, because old exterior doors used to measure 1-3/8″ thick, same as new interior doors. So if you think you should replace your back door with an interior replacement door because it happens to be the right thickness, guess again. It will not last the year before it delaminates and falls apart. You’ll need to replace the door with an exterior replacement door – frame and all – because you’ll need a frame that will accommodate the exterior door, which by the way is 1-3/4″ thick.
You also need to pay attention to the door jamb and casing. It used to be that you could buy a solid piece wood. Not so much any more! Now with the scarcity of old growth trees, the manufacturers are making door jambs and casings out of finger jointed wood. They’re taking scraps of wood and cutting finger joints into them (picture a saw-tooth pattern), and they glue them up and fit them together like a long, continuous jigsaw puzzle. Then they slap on a coat of primer and make a door casing or door jamb out of it. It’s labeled PFJ (primed, finger jointed). Of course if any moisture gets into the joint, it starts falling apart. I suppose if you can keep it dry, scraped, primed and painted, you can increase the life of these products, but it takes a lot of maintenance. I believe you’re better off paying a little more for solid wood products, or better yet using a composite or PVC product like Azek, which are designed to weather the outdoor elements.