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Wood Sealing Guide

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Wood Sealing Guide

There are many reasons you could need door casing work done. Your doorway may be warped with age, or maybe it was ruined in a mishap like fire or an in-home accident. An ill-fitting door casing can be a constant annoyance and can even cause minor injuries.


You use your doors every day – for privacy as well as safety. So, when it comes to replacing or installing door casing, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

  1. 1.What will your contractor do for you?

    In a busy home, doors and their casings can take a beating. People go in and out all day. Make sure your professional is using quality materials that will stand the test of time.

    First, he or she will measure the space around the doors in your home so that they’ll know how much material they’ll need, and what size to cut it. Then, the professional will cut the door jambs (the vertical portion of the frames, on which the door is secured), pinth blocks (the base block at the intersection of the baseboard and the vertical trim around the opening) and decorative trim pieces to size.


    Next, they will install the door jam and pinth blocks, making sure everything is even and flush with the walls. They will then install the nail on the casing trim boards and add the decorative molding. Finally, they will sand, prime and paint.

  2. 2.Experience

    Make sure you look for someone with experience. Why? Because will probably be they are familiar with environmental reasons for door warping and decay. They will know how to correct for those specific problems.


    It’s also important that they know how to work with the look and feel of your home. There are so many types of homes – older homes, brand new homes, homes made of mostly wood, homes made of mostly metal. Make sure you find an expert who specializes in the type of home you own.


    Look online for workers in your area, and ask for suggestions from friends.

  3. 3.Quality

    In a busy home, doors and their casings can take a beating. People go in and out all day. Make sure your professional is using quality materials that will stand the test of time. Also, make sure he or she measures the area around the door just right for the perfect fit. Ask your professional where he or she orders his or her supplies. Are they reliable? Are they guaranteed? Are they within your budget?

  4. 4.Appearance

    What is the current look of your home? Are you looking to stay within that, or is this door work part of a larger home remodel project? Work with your professional so that you can achieve a look that you will be happy with for a long time. You can also do your own research by reading home improvement magazines, looking at home improvement websites or taking a trip to a home improvement supply store.

  5. 5.Security

    Your doors are what keep outsiders out of your home. Make sure to look for someone who uses quality material that won’t break easily and can stand the test of time.

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