Prime doors have already been painted by the manufacturer, and come in a variety of finishes and materials including wood and vinyl. The colors are generally neutral and styles can be found to match any d��cor. Prime doors are usually found in a home's main entry way. Pre-painted doors not only save you time, but they also offer a little more protection during shipping.
What to Look for When Choosing Prime Doors
1. Prime Door Kits
If you're looking to replace your entry doors with a new set of prime doors, there are some things you should know. For instance, rather than buy a door, frame, weather stripping, and all of the necessary hardware separately, you can purchase it all together in a kit. These "pre hung" doors save time and money. You're also assured of having matching components.
2. Take Exact Door Measurements
In choosing a door, do your best to make sure you're matching your home's exterior d��cor. Unless you want to do a lot of extra work, be sure to take exact measurements. To purchase doors that are the wrong size means you'll either have to return them, or make the necessary adjustments to the walls surrounding the door frame.
3. Consider Security, Weather Protection, Energy and Maintenance Options
Choose prime doors requiring little maintenance throughout the years. Entry doors need to withstand the elements. Fiberglass doors are better in areas that experience harsh weather. Wood doors look nicer, but don't stand up as well to the elements. If you're choosing doors made from wood, be sure the wood is treated in a manner that will withstand damage from sun, cold and moisture.
Steel doors are another option, these are more secure and are recommended for those who live in high crime areas. Thankfully most doors these days are built to last, though if you want quality, you'll have to pay. Purchase doors from a well known manufacturer and invest in an extended warranty.
Your prime doors should be energy efficient, which will save money in the long run. If you would like to have doors installed, but aren't handy with a screwdriver, your home improvement center will most likely offer a home installation service.