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What to Know About Installing a Front Door

Learn more about what the installation process entails when you work with the front entry door replacement professionals at Pella. Know what to expect ahead of installation day.


If you’re not a practiced DIY-er, it can be difficult to know what to expect when it comes to installing a new pre-hung front entry door. We’re here to help take the mystery out of the process.

Front Door Installation

If you are installing your new entry door yourself or simply want to better understand the process before the professionals arrive on installation day, it is important to know the details of installing a pre-hung exterior door. Understanding the ins and outs of installation before you’ve even started shopping for a new entry door can be very helpful.

What is a pre-hung front door?

A pre-hung front door means that the panel, or the swinging part of your door, is already hung in a frame. When you buy a pre-hung door to replace your old one, the existing door, frame and trim must be removed before replacing it with a new pre-hung front. Exterior pre-hung doors can also be used on new construction builds.

Full-Frame Entry Door Installation and Benefits

When an exterior pre-hung door, like your front door, is replacing an existing exterior door, a full-frame method of front door installation is required. This means that everything with the existing door is removed, including the frame and the trim. A new frame, insulation and trim are all installed with the new entry door. Installing a pre-hung door gives you the opportunity to completely transform your entryway and add your personal style. The size and shape of the opening can be changed to accommodate a new type of door — wider, taller and arched are all possible.

While full-frame front door installation is more time- and labor-intensive, requiring the installers to work both inside and outside your home, it does allow you greater design flexibility with your replacement entry door. Additionally, you can have peace of mind knowing that your pre-hung door is equipped with a frame designed for exceptional durability and performance.

Preparing for Front Door Installation

Once you have purchased your new pre-hung front door, next comes installation. If you are having a professional install it, whether it be a manufacturer’s installer or an independent contractor, you have a right to expect a high level of service. After all, a new door is a financial investment in your home. Not only does your front entry door provide a warm welcome for friends, family and guests, but it can also improve the curb appeal of your home.

If you are working with an experienced professional, expect them to coordinate a convenient date for the installation and review the door installation plan with you in advance. To prepare for installation day, move any furniture or decorations away from the area where the installers will be working. They should always be respectful of your space during the installation, but it can help make their job easier if there is less clutter and more room to work.

Once installation day arrives, the installers will likely cover their work area with drop cloths to help protect your space. They will carefully remove your old door and its frame, disposing of it themselves once their work is complete. They will be respectful of your space, limiting their work to one isolated area of your home so as not to make a mess of your house.

Expect the installers to keep you updated on the status of the front door installation throughout the day. Once they are finished putting the pre-hung door in place, the last steps of their task will consist of adding the necessary hardware and any interior and exterior trim, if necessary.

You’ll know the installers’ work here is done once they’ve begun to clean up after themselves. It should be the expectation that the installers leave the work area as clean as it was when they first arrived. Before leaving, they will likely ask if you have any questions about the installation and also brief you on how to operate and maintain your new entry front door, including providing you with any necessary warranty information.

Now you’re prepared for installation day! Schedule an in-home consultation and you’ll be well on your way to having a new entry door at the front of your home.

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