How to Remove and Replace an Entry Door

New entry door after installation on home.
New entry door after installation on home.

If the existing door on your home is a standard size with stock casing on the door frame, removing and replacing both the door and frame with a prehung wood, fiberglass, or steel door unit isn’t that difficult.

When to Replace an Entry Door

An existing exterior door on your house may need to be replaced if:

  • The wood has begun to deteriorate or rot.
  • Joints on the door are coming loose.
  • The exterior of the door will not hold a finish.
  • Weather stripping and threshold don’t provide a good seal.
  • The door has uninsulated, single pane glass.
  • A different style or design of door is desired.

If the existing entry door on your house doesn’t have any of the problems listed above, you may want to try to refinish and refurbish it instead, which can be a lot less work than replacing the entire door unit.

While you can replace just the door, rather than the entire door unit, it’s easier and provides a better seal to replace the entire unit. However, if the house is older, and the frame on the existing door isn’t made from stock materials, it may be better to replace just the door, rather than the entire frame.

Read on to find out more.

10 COMMENTS

  1. We have a older home 1937 with a wooden entry round top door. Need to replace it, would like to do so with a square one, what are our options?

  2. Ramona,
    I’ve done a lot of research and I would recommend a fiberglass door that is made to look like wood. This way it would continue with the look of your home but provide better insulation for hot or cool weather.

  3. Need to replace door sweep. door pins are spring loaded. found vidos to remove pin. Whats next, its a knuckle buster after the pins come out. found no futher info. Jeff.

  4. I think I may need look more into refinishing and refurnishing. Though my door does have some issues, like wood deterioration, but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I think I’m just in the mood for change.

  5. Thanks for letting me know that wood beginning to rot is a sign you need to replace the door. My door has begun to have this issue, and I want our home to remain secure. Maybe it would be best to replace the door as soon as possible.

  6. My exterior door doesn’t have any damage but the frame and jamb or threshold(the bottom) are loose, can just those be replaced or do I have to buy the door and frame set?

    • Hi, Susan,
      You shouldn’t need to buy a new door and frame set. Repairing a loose door frame and jamb could be a DIY job, or you could “hire it done.”
      It just depends on the damage involved.
      We recommend getting a professional to look at the situation and offer a quote based on his or her inspection.
      Good luck!

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