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Should I Buy A Pre-Hung Door Or A Slab Door?


pre-hung doorsA customer called and said someone told her to buy a pre-hung door, but she didn't know what that was. There are different doors for different situations. When you are installing a door, there are basically 2 styles; either a pre-hung door or a slab door.

A slab door is just the door itself. Imagine if you unscrewed the hinges from the door and removed the door. That's what you get...no hardware, just the door. You can get slab doors that are flat or paneled, for the interior or exterior.

A pre-hung door is a slab door and the door frame, hinges included. It is a swinging door ready to be installed (excluding the handle/lockset). When you buy an exterior pre-hung door, you will also get the threshold already attached. An interior pre-hung door does not have a threshold.

A slab door is good for a direct replacement of an interior door. For example, if you have a standard size interior door that has been damaged, you can replace it with a slab door. You will have to mortise the hinges and maybe trim it for width, but it should swing well without making too many adjustments.

A pre-hung door is good for installing a door into a rough opening. A common use here is when you have a master bedroom and bathroom adjoining, but there is no door in the opening...just drywall. A pre-hung door will fit nicely, and you will just have to trim it and paint. The nice thing about a pre-hung door is that if you install it correctly, it will swing beautifully from the start. Here are some instructions on how to install a pre-hung door.

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My name's Ebba Nygren. Last year I helped develop a website for Vufold, a branch of 
JCI ltd who sell bi-folding doors online. I came across your website after searching for door blogs. With seeing your posts (which I think are great by the 
way), I think your readers would like to see Vu-folds contemporary door designs. It would 
be great to get a link from your site to the Vufold.co.uk, what would we need to 
do to achieve this? Please email me at ebba@mosquitodigital.co.uk or you can 
phone me on 01565 759835. 
Posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 6:03 AM by Ebba Nygren
A house turns out to be meaningless without adequate number of doors. They are present at the main entrance and at the entry point to every room. A set of smaller doors are also present for casement windows. 
Posted @ Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:02 AM by Mark Osborne
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