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  • Exterior door installation/repair
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  • Door locks

Benefits of Using a Door Installation Professional

Just about every homeowner does at least one do it yourself project at sometime in the course of owning their home. There are a number of good reasons, however, why installing a door is a time you need to leave the job to a professional. Here are seven benefits of hiring door installation professionals.

When you install your doors yourself, you don’t get a warranty.

Most door manufacturers won’t honor the warranty on their products if they are not installed by a professional. You may void your warranty when you install doors yourself.

Door installation professionals will insist on quality doors.

It’s easy to find substandard materials in when you buy for yourself. Door installation professionals will recognize the best quality products at reasonable prices. And if you are buying at the local hardware store or home improvement center, your selections may be one-size-fits-all. Door installation professionals have access to more doors in more styles so they can find a perfect fit both for your construction and for your personal taste.

It’s important to start what you finish in a timely fashion.

Doors are essential to the security of your home. You can’t afford to leave the job half done to call it a day or to go back to work. Door installation professionals will finish the project in a single day, so your home won’t be left open to intruders, stray animal, and the weather.

Door installation professionals have years of experience and knowledge.

Installing a door isn’t as easy as you might imagine it to be. There can be a steep learning curve on the way to completing your first project. This may be OK if your home isn’t occupied and you have a few days off, but if you are replacing a door, as contrasted to installing an entirely new door, chances are you just don’t have the time to learn everything you have to learn to do the job right. And it can cost a lot of money to call in a professional on short notice to finish the job when you can’t. It can be actually less expensive to schedule a door installation professional than to try to do the installation yourself.

Door installation professionals are familiar with the latest trends in the industry.

Even if you spend your weekends browsing the home improvement store, even if you read every home improvement publication under the sun, you aren’t going to be as well informed of the potential of new products to enhance the security, safety, curb appeal, and comfort of your home. Professional contractors are up to speed with materials that can improve the energy efficiency of your home, such as advanced weatherstripping and low-E glass. Your door installation professional will be able to consider your home’s design and local climate factors to find a great replacement door.

Door installation professionals offer strong warranties.

Your door installation professional can make sure you get all the benefits of your manufacturer’s warranty if your door contains defective materials. But door installation professionals can also offer warranties on their work. You won’t have to spend money on repairs or replacements if there are problems with your door during the time it is covered by the warranty. If you go the do it yourself route, all these guarantees will be void.

Door installation professionals have the right tools for the job.

It’s not unusual for do it yourselfers to have to interrupt the project to run down to the hardware store or the home improvement center for more tools. Door installation professionals have all the tools they need to get your door installed quickly and efficiently.

Door installation professionals know how to keep your home safe.

Your door installation professional is going to be on site until the door is safely and securely installed. There is no risk of burglary or home invasion while the installers are doing their work. Door installation professionals are committed to leaving your home looking better than when they found it, leaving no debris, and making sure the work site is clean.

Questions to Ask Your Door Installation Professional

Door installation usually isn’t something you think about until there’s an obvious need, such as a baseball crashing through your front door’s glass panes or soaring energy bills you trace to gaps around your front door. When you need a new door, you probably need it right now. But don’t get into such a hurry that you don’t ask your door installation professional the following questions:

Are you insured?

More specifically, does your door installation professional carry worker’s compensation insurance. You don’t want to have liability for any injuries or accidents that may occur during the installation of your door.

Paying worker’s compensation insurance and following the procedures required by the insurance company may increase your contractor’s overhead by 20 to 100 percent. Offering labor at a cheap rate usually means that your potential contractor is not insured. It can mean that your contractor is self-employed. But when contractors don’t protect their employees, they usually don’t stand behind their work, either.

Do you carry ENERGY STAR- rated products?

ENERGY STAR ratings mean that the door your contractor will install offers year-round energy saving and comfort.

Can you explain the features of the door you plan to install?

Your installation contractor should be able to explain the features of your door that relate to ventilation, security, longevity, cleaning, and climate control.

What fees does your quote include?

There are several cost-related questions you should ask your professional door installer:

  • Do you charge for your estimate? This may not be a deal breaker, but it is something you need to know up front.
  • Does the installation include interior and exterior trim and weatherstripping? You don’t want to have to complete the job yourself or hire a second contractor.
  • How and by when should I pay? Knowing your contractor’s accepted forms of payment and payment deadlines can save a stressful situation later.
  • Are there any hidden fees? You don’t want any surprises with your bill.

There are also several competency-related questions you should ask your door installation professional.

  • How long have you been in business? It’s normal to pay for experience and expertise. If your contractor has been in business for a long time, you should expect to pay a little more.
  • Could I see some of your past projects? It always helps to be able to drive around and see examples of your contractor’s work.
  • Who will be performing the installation? Will the contractor do the work himself or herself? Does the contractor have a hired crew for door installation? Or will the work be performed by a subcontractor. You usually want to avoid dealing with companies that work with subcontractors.

Then there are some questions about the job itself.

  • How long will it take to install my door(s)? This is an essential question for scheduling your own time to accommodate the workers.
  • How does bad weather affect the installation? Don’t forget to inquire about contingencies for inclement weather.
  • What will you do to protect my home during the installation? You’ll also want to know how they plan to clean up after the installation.
  • Will I have to be at home for the installation? If your presence is required, you will want to avoid any scheduling conflicts.

It is also always a good idea to ask how much you can expect to save on energy bills after your new door installation.

What types of training do professional door installers get?

Professional door installers need a GED or a high school diploma. They usually have three to five years of experience on the job working with power tools, as well as guided experience (sometimes an apprenticeship) that teaches them customer service skills, interpersonal skills, and problem solving. The Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation offers a professional certification in door installation.

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