Fitting a new door, doorframe, or both, is an important job and one worth getting right. Depending on specifications, a properly fitted door and frame can provide insulation in terms of both noise and heat, as well as fire protection where that is required. Fitting a new door can be a big job especially for an inexperienced craftsperson, so it is often best to seek advice and possibly help from skilled carpenter.
Internal or external, your new door, how it looks, and what it is made of, are big decisions. If you are just replacing one door then chances are you will want it to match the others in your home, however if you’re replacing all of your doors, then you can opt for a new start, in keeping with the nature of your building.
Before you can order and hang your new door, you first need to know the correct size for it. The proper amount of clearance on each side of the door between it, the frame and the floor depends on the material it is made from. Whether it is an internal or external door, the humidity in your area and the kind of floor coverings you have in your house will have an impact.
Your carpenter knows the right way to install your doors, and will take into account the finish you want and the effect this will have on clearances.
Many different types of door are available. They are usually made from wood or manufactured wooded materials, but in the case of external doors, plastic is common too. The manufacturer of your doors will be able to advise you on its security and fire resistant properties for insurance purposes, if required. Your carpenter will also be able to help you understand any technical terms relating to this.
Fitting a new doorframe is understandably more complex than fitting a new door, given that the frame is connected to your building, and in some cases connected to structurally significant elements, such lintels, a horizontal block that links two vertical posts. If you're buying a new door, the manufacturer will almost certainly provide a range of accompanying frames, which your carpenter will be able to fit for you.
When fitting a new door, new frame, or both, the type of hinges required will be determined by the material door is made from, although you may have some preference as to whether they should be steel or brass. In most cases, both are strong enough so this is purely aesthetic decision.
Another very important consideration is the type of wall the door and frame are being installed in to. The load-bearing capacity of stud walls, for example, may not be suitable for the heaviest of doors.
Installing a loft hatch
Getting safe and easy access to your loft space has never been more important. While this often comes as standard in modern homes, provision in older properties can be scarce and eradicators non-existent. Smaller accesses in older homes date back to a time when people would typically smaller, so fitting a hatch between two roof beams was a sensible option.
The size and type of loft hatch you install will be determined not only by your budget but also by the beams in your roof. Your joiner or carpenter will be able to advise you on the largest and most economical options available to you, whether you are installing a new hatch from scratch or increasing the size of an existing access.
The easiest way to install access to a loft is with a kit, which your joiner or carpenter can install for you. In older and quirkier properties kits may not be suitable, so custom hatch and ladder will have to be constructed.
Typically, loft hatches with metal ladders are cheaper. Wooden ladders, including those similar to staircases, are available in prefabricated kits, but can also be commissioned from your joiner.
Whether you are using a kit or commissioning a custom installation, by consulting a professional first, you can be sure that you’re ordering the right thing, maximising safety and convenience for your family.