Replacement vs. Prehung

Why Choose Interior Door Replacement vs. Prehung Construction?

Choosing between interior door replacement and prehung construction depends on your specific needs, budget, and the condition of your existing door frame. Here are some factors to consider when making this decision.

Cost

Interior door replacement is generally more cost-effective compared to prehung construction. Prehung doors come as a complete unit with the door slab, hinges, and frame, which requires demolition and construction making them more expensive. If your budget is limited, simply replacing the door slab can be a more affordable option.

Existing Door Frame

Assess the condition of your current door frame. If the frame is still in good condition and you aren’t changing the door size significantly, you can opt for interior door replacement. Even if the door frame is damaged, you may still not need prehung construction. Having your frames repaired in preparation for replacement, typically ends up being more cost effective.

Installation Complexity

Interior door replacement usually involves removing the existing door and installing a new door slab into the existing frame. It can be a straightforward project for those with the right training and expertise. On the other hand, prehung doors require much more, often complicating the process and increasing the cost.

Demolition

Interior door replacement does not require demolition of door frames or structural parts of the home, while prehung doors necessitate removal of door jambs along with the door itself. This can prolong the installation process, increase mess of the job, and increase cost.

Time And Effort

Replacing just the door slab is generally quicker and requires less effort than installing a prehung door. Jobs that typically take 1-2 weeks can be done in a day, saving you from time off work, family, and from having construction crews in and out of your home for an extended period of time.

Aesthetics

Both options can provide visually appealing results. Door replacement allows you to choose the style of your hinges to match your preferred lever or knob, while most prehung doors have a set hinge style built in already. If you want to style the look of your home to your taste, you may prefer replacement.

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