How Long Does it Take to Install a Replacement Door?

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It usually takes a day to install a replacement exterior door. Any longer than that means we have run into some repair work.

Replacing a door can be a great way to update your home’s look and functionality. While some homeowners may be tempted to tackle this project themselves, it’s important to consider hiring a professional company for the job.

A professional door installation company has the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to ensure a safe and efficient installation.

What Happens Before Installation?

The first step we take is to schedule a consultation with the homeowner. During this consultation, we will take measurements of the door opening and discuss options for replacement doors. You can choose the style, color, material, and design elements.

Fiberglass doors are the most popular option for Minnesota homes because they offer the look of wood without the maintenance issues. Fiberglass also provides better insulation because it doesn’t conduct cold and heat.

Budget for a Full Day to Install a Replacement Door

When we install a replacement door, we are prepared with the correct measurements, the new door, and our client’s goal. Our teams are professional and efficient, so even if they run into issues such as moisture damage, they can still usually complete the door replacement in a day.

Removing the Old Door and Preparing the Frame

First, we take the old door out and inspect the rough opening. It’s common to find damage to the sill, particularly if there is no overhang above the door.

Leaking and damage to the sill require carpentry work before the new door is installed. We also have to remove excess material or debris from the frame, ensuring it is level and square.

We add seal tape before installing the new door. This protects the sill and runs up the side of the framing preventing moisture damage.

Installing the New Door

Once the frame is prepared, it’s time to install the new door. We ensure the door is aligned correctly and securely attached to the frame. We set the door, tape the outside, and nail flanges to the sheathing. This prevents moisture damage. We also install handle sets and deadbolts if the door doesn’t have a multi-point lock system.

Finishing Touches and Testing

After installing the door, we add finishing touches, such as weather stripping. Then, we check the interior and exterior trim and the caulking.

The exterior details can be intricate depending on the type of siding. We can also add elements like trim and crown molding. Some trim types require painting as well. We also test the door to ensure it opens and closes smoothly and securely.

Finally, we will clean up and leave your space looking better than when we arrived.

Trust the Professionals to Install a Replacement Door

While it may be tempting to save money by attempting a door replacement yourself, there are many benefits to choosing a professional company.

  • Professional installers have the knowledge and experience to ensure a safe and efficient installation.
  • They have the tools and equipment necessary to get the job done right.
  • A professional company will offer a warranty on their work, giving you peace of mind if any issues arise after the installation.

Let Us Help With Your Minneapolis Door Replacement

A professional door installation company like Craftsman’s Choice can provide a safe and efficient replacement door installation.

While the timeline for installation can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, we can typically complete the job in a day.

Choosing a professional company ensures that the job is done right and comes with a warranty, providing peace of mind for homeowners.

Contact us for a free estimate if you need to install a replacement door.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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