How to Replace an Exterior Door (The Right Way)


Is it time to replace your exterior door? Whether you’re switching things up for aesthetic reasons or your door is in serious need of improvement, there’s a right way to replace your exterior door. Your exterior door is a key part of your home, when it comes to both design and durability, so it’s important to do it right. A problematic door can let in drafts from poor insulation and even start deteriorating.

Luckily for you, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to replace your exterior door! Gentek has a selection of gorgeous exterior doors, so you’re sure to find the perfect replacement for the one you have now!

When to Replace an Exterior Door

If you’re replacing your exterior door for aesthetic reasons, it’s another story, but there are signs that you need to replace your door for practical reasons. Your exterior door likely needs replacing if the wood has started to deteriorate or rot, or if the exterior of the door won’t hold a finish. If your door is uninsulated or doesn’t provide a good seal, it can lead to trouble for your home. And if the joints on your door are coming loose, it’s certainly time to replace it.

Steps for Replacing Your Exterior Door

1. Measure Your Existing Door

You want to make sure you’re replacing your door with a new door that’s the correct size. Measure the width and height of your old door, rounding up to full inches. Then measure the width of the door jamb between the interior and exterior door casings. Finally, measure the exterior door casings around the door frame.

2. Choose Your New Door

Is there anything better than a custom door? At Gentek, you can select a First Impressions’ door specifically built for you. They’re custom made to fit your door opening, so once you have the measurements, you’re good to go! With elegance and strength, you’ll get all-weather protection and interior comfort. You’ll also enjoy low maintenance upkeep without having to worry about rot, split, corrosion or warping. Plus, they’re energy efficient! Whatever style you want your exterior door to be, you can easily have it with Gentek.

3. Remove Your Existing Door

You can always get a handyman to help you with this, but if you want to remove your door yourself, make sure you do it right! Before getting started, protect your floor with a drop cloth. Using a hammer and nail set, tap the hinge pins loose, swing the door open and lift it off. Remove the old interior trim and pry off the exterior trim with a pry bar. Next you want to remove the jambs. You can do this with a handsaw by cutting through the side jamb, prying the jambs loose and pulling them out.

4. Insert Your New Door

Once you’ve chosen your First Impressions’ custom door, it’s time to place it in your door opening. You can hire a professional contractor through Gentek to help you with this so that your new door is replaced without flaw.

In four simple steps you can replace your exterior door with ease!

How to Pick the Perfect Patio Door


Your front door isn’t the only entrance you need to think about when constructing or re-modeling your home. Your patio door allows access to your backyard or patio, and has an aesthetic impact on both the interior and exterior of your house. You want to make sure your patio door not only looks great, but is functional, energy efficient and works perfectly for your space.

When choosing the perfect patio door, there are a few key things you need to consider that you might not have thought about. Read on to make sure you have everything covered in your patio door search!

All About Functionality

Your patio door has to be functional for your space. If the entrance to your backyard or patio is tight, a sliding door that opens and closes on a track system will be more functional than a swinging, hinged door. If your space is more generous, outswing doors are ideal. And if your space is at a premium, a bi-partnering door with an expanded opening will brighten up your home and extend your living space.

Think About Style

While functionality is key, style is at the top of mind for most home owners. You want patio doors that compliment your home and fuse your indoor and outdoor space. In many homes, patio doors serve as a focal point, so you want them to catch the eye in the best way. Think about color, material, frame width, panels, whether you want decorative glass, etc. Depending on the style and decor of your house, choose patio doors that work with the design.

Kid and Pet-Friendly

If you have kids and/or pets, your patio doors need to be able to withstand wear and tear. Pets often paw at the door when they want to go in or out, and kids’ toys can leave scratches on painted or wooden door frames. If you’re worried about chips and scrapes, choose doors with plain vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum to maintain their desired look.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Do you love throwing big gatherings on your deck? Are you going to outfit your patio with furniture so your family and friends can mix and mingle? Make sure whichever patio door you choose gives you space for these gatherings and doesn’t restrict the flow. Take into consideration how much space you need for clearance and how the doors will affect the movability of your patio.

Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind

It’s really important to choose energy efficient patio doors for your house. This will save you money, provide comfort to your home, and it never hurts to help the environment! Windows and doors might not actually use energy, but they play a significant role in heat loss. Materials like vinyl and wood are very energy efficient, while Low-E (low emissivity) glass is 

designed with material that repels ultraviolet rays in the summer and absorbs them in the winter.

Are you looking to construct or remodel your patio door? Gentek has a wide variety of patio door styles in stock! Visit your local Gentek dealer to find the style that suits you and your home!