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Should I Hire a Pro or DIY a Door Replacement Project?

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When homeowners are pondering a door replacement project, they often face a dilemma. Namely, should they try to tackle the job themselves, or call a professional? This is an important decision that will not only have an impact on the aesthetics and security of your home but may also significantly influence your budget and general peace of mind.

Assessing Your Skills

If you’re a handy DIYer, it’s natural to think about doing the job yourself, since you could potentially save money on the labor of the installation. The door is going to cost the same amount either way, but there’s often a sense of pride associated with doing the project on your own. However, a door replacement project will require extensive precision and expertise. A door that isn’t properly aligned can not only be a security risk and potential entry point for criminals, but it can cause drafts that lower the overall energy efficiency of the home, which can put more stress on the HVAC components and result in higher utility bills. It can even lead to structural damage from moisture penetration or installation errors.

Tools and Materials

In addition to the special knowledge and training that you’ll need for a door replacement project, you’ll need to find the right tools and materials. You’ll need specialized tools, which can represent a substantial investment if you don’t already own them. Not only that, but choosing the correct door and components, like frame, seals, and more, requires the knowledge and expertise of a pro for proven longevity.

Time Commitment

A door replacement project may not seem like it would take a while, but it’s a relatively extensive process, even for those who have done it before. A professional with years of experience can often complete the project in far less time and is much better equipped to cope with problems or potential complications that may otherwise extend the timeframe of the project.

Hiring a Professional

Hiring a pro for your door replacement has significant advantages. Professionals have the experience, tools, and practical knowledge to ensure your door is installed right the first time. They’ll be more qualified to measure, align, and install your new door, while also mitigating any risks that pop up along the way or that may become an issue down the road. Additionally, most contractors offer warranties on their labor, giving you more peace of mind.

Cost Consideration

While it may be true in some situations that doing the job yourself can save money upfront, it’s also important to remember that may include potential long-term costs. A poorly or improperly installed door can result in higher energy bills, security risks, and additional expenses for future repairs or re-installation. On the other hand, hiring a professional might seem like a higher cost initially, but it has the potential to save you much more over the long term.

Trust All-Star To Be Your Expert Professional

Even though it may be quite tempting to tackle a DIY door replacement project, it’s important to carefully consider all of the potential pitfalls. The job will require specialized skills, tools, and a relatively significant investment of time as well. Additionally, mistakes you make may even cancel out the long-term benefits, leaving your project at a net loss. With a professional contractor like All-Star Products, you can be sure your project will be done properly, the first time, saving you a substantial amount of both money and time. Contact All-Star today for more information, or to get started scheduling a quote.

dave donofrio

Dave Donofrio

Owner & CEO

Dave Donofrio is owner and CEO of All Star Products, LLC.  After a two decade career at James Hardie, Dave partnered with the team at All Star to bring advances in exterior remodeling material and technology, while preserving the family friendly, customer oriented approached that been the key to All Star’s success over the last 35 years.


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