Are you thinking about swapping out your hinged doors with a barn door? Or perhaps you’d like French doors outside your master bedroom? Whether your current doorway needs replacing, or you’re renovating and need to cut out a new frame in a solid wall, it’s helpful to know a bit about what to expect from door installation in Anne Arundel County.
There are many types of doors. The style you choose will be influenced by its use, the room it’s in, and your personal taste. Keep reading to learn about installing different kinds of doors, what to prepare for installation day, and how the pros at Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and North PG can help.
Different Types of Door Installation Anne Arundel
Doors are often overlooked when designing your space—especially in new builds, where white, hollow-wood slab varieties reign supreme. While there’s nothing wrong with this typical style, swapping it out for a more unique model can really bring a room together. We’ve outlined a few details about the main varieties you might come across and a bit about each model’s installation process.
A hinged door is what you typically find in most homes. It will either swing in or out and is attached to its frame with hinges. It’s best to install a “pre-hung door,” which contains all the necessary parts for a new door. Although that seems like more work, it’s actually much quicker and gives a better result. Mr. Handyman is an expert in finding cost-effective ways to replace doors that saves money and looks great.
This style is a popular choice for designers, builders, and homeowners looking to save space. It’s hung from the top of the frame and slides along a track mounted inside the wall. When open, it hides inside the wall. Commonly used for bathrooms and closets, pocket doors are excellent at maximizing space.
Replacing an old pocket door with a new style is relatively straightforward. After removing the existing door, your technician will slide the new model into place within the existing frame.
However, replacing a hinged door with a pocket door is a more extensive process. First, the technician will remove the original door and its frame. Then, a hole will be cut into the drywall that fits the pocket door. Once the drywall is removed, a carpenter will install a frame big enough to accommodate the pocket door when it’s open and closed. Once the frame is built, the track laid, and the door hung, the drywall will be replaced and painted.
Although a barn door slides open and closed like a pocket door, there is one big difference between the two. Unlike a pocket door, which slides inside a “pocket” built into the wall, barn doors slide over the wall. Thus, it’s not an ideal design for saving space. However, this style is very beautiful and can become a design focal point.
For the pro technicians at Mr. Handyman, putting a barn door in any room of your home will be a breeze. Ensuring it will fit when open and closed on the wall, the technician will install a track attached to a backer board. Then, then he or she will add stoppers on the track, and install rollers and handles. The last step will be hanging the door on the track and, voilà! You have a brand-new barn door installed in your home.
Pet doors are tiny holes installed on an already existing door. Their purpose, as implied by the name, enables pets to go inside and outside with ease. Pet doors are not difficult to install. However, cutting the hole requires advanced carpentry tools like a jigsaw. Using the correct tools, a professional technician from Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and North PG will easily install a pet door—for pets of all shapes and sizes.
Most bifold doors are commonly used for closets. This style consists of a series of panels that fold upon themselves when opened—kind of like an accordion. Bifold doors are a great option for your home if you want to save space. Bifold doors are very simple to replace and install. All that’s needed is a track assembled at the top of the frame, and two brackets on the ground. The brackets act like bookends and secure the doors’ base.
French doors are two adjacent hinged doors. Often, this style opens onto patios or marks the entrance way to a master bedroom. Elegant and typically incorporating glass panels, the trick with installing French doors is ensuring each side is aligned correctly. If not, they will not be able to lock properly.
You might not be familiar with this model by its name, but you’ll absolutely know it when you see it. Dutch doors are attached to their frame with hinges, like a standard hinged door. But the top half and bottom half are divided horizontally. Each panel can swing independently, meaning you could open the top panel on a warm day and let in fresh air.
Preparing for Professional Installation in Anne Arundel
Once you’ve purchased your new door from your local home improvement store, you’ll need a qualified carpenter or handyman to install it. Naturally, you want the best service for your home, and hiring a professional ensures your door will be properly installed so it opens and closes with ease. Besides functionality, a new installation can also increase a room’s aesthetic and create more space.
An experienced technician, like the team at Mr. Handyman, will work with you to find an appointment time that works for you. We offer all our Anne Arundel clients the opportunity to book a convenient appointment and can work around your schedule.
On installation day, prepare your space for the technician's arrival. Move any furniture, decorations, and pictures out of the way so our team can start working right away. Although we will always respect your place and can help you move heavy items if you need a hand, it will make our job a little easier if we have space to work.
Since we respect your space, we’ll keep our work area tidy during installation. Wearing booties over our shoes, so we don’t track in dirt from outside, we’ll cover exposed areas with a drop cloth. Then, your technician will carefully remove your old door and dispose of it for you once the job is complete.
Our technicians will keep you updated on the status of your new doors throughout the day. With the old model removed, we’ll carefully measure the area for the new one and install it accordingly. Once it’s in place, we will make any minor adjustments so it opens and closes correctly, add missing hardware, and install any trim if necessary.
Before we start tidying up, we’ll let you know the installation has been completed so you can take a look for yourself. If you notice any alignment issues, we’ll adjust as needed. Then, we’ll carefully clean up our work area so your home looks as it did before we arrived. If needed, our technician help you move any heavy furniture back into place.
The last step before our qualified carpenters and/or handymen leave your home is to brief you on how to maintain and operate your new door, let you know about pertinent warranty information, and answer any of your questions. Of course, if you think of something you forgot to ask after we’ve left, you can call our friendly customer service representatives. We’ll address any questions or concerns you might have.
Hire Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel
When you need a new door installed, be it barn or bifold, trust the pros at Mr. Handyman of Anne Arundel and North PG to get it done right the first time. Installation is one of our most requested services, and we know what we’re doing. Not only that, but each of our hardworking technicians has a minimum of 15 years of experience working in carpentry and the trades—with many of our experts having worked in our industry for nearly twice that amount. We’re deeply passionate about what we do and dedicated to providing outstanding workmanship for all our customers.
Additionally, each of our team members is committed to creating a positive experience for our clients. From your first phone call with us to when we leave you to enjoy your newly installed door, we’ll put your needs first.
To schedule one of our technicians today, we invite you to give us a call or to request a service online.