11:53AM | 02/27/05
Member Since: 02/26/05
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Can I replace my steel entry door (solid panel with window panes on each side, common on newer homes) with a french door without replacing the entire casing? I would like to keep the window panels on each side and just replace the door. If so, how difficult is it?


12:02PM | 03/04/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
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I think of a French door as a pair in most cases, but given your context, you probably mean a door that is mostluy glass with dividing munitns, but a single swinging unit.

Any fully competent trim carpenter can handle the task of fitting a door blank to an existing openning. A less skilled carpenter finds it easier to use a pre-hung door which involves remioving and replacing the casings.

But one problem isthat your existing unit is more than likely a prehung from one particular company. Sizes can vary slightly, so much fitting will be necessary unless you can determine the brand you now have and buy the new blank form the same company.

You can purchase a generic blank in the french style made from wood, but then you face other challenges. it MUST be sealed on aALL edges and kept well painted to keep it from warping. How well wood exterior doors stand up to sun and weather depend on how exposed it is, and how well you do the painting job.

Given all that, you are probably far better off, buying a prehung Andersen door unit to install by poppong the casings off and hanging the new unit in place and then re-trimming it.

Excellence is its own reward!



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