Closing In

Installing the front and rear entries closes the door on the "rough" phase of construction

The last step in securing the building was to install the new front and rear entry doors. Insulated fiberglass doors from ThermaTru were chosen for their beauty, durability, low-maintenance, and energy efficiency. These doors look like wood—and not just from across the street, but while standing right next to them—but they won’t warp or rot like wood, and they provide excellent insulating value, but won’t dent or rust like insulated steel doors. And they never require painting.

Installation of the pre-hung entry doors was sweet and simple. The opening was prepped using ZIP System Stretch Tape from Huber Engineered Woods to protect the sill and lower jamb area, then the frame was set in a bead of sealant. After shimming for plumb and square, the jambs were fastened to the studs with long screws concealed underneath the weatherstripping. Getting the entry doors in place signals the transition from “rough” to “finish” in the construction calendar.

The door openings were prepped like a window, using ZIP System Stretch Tape to protect the sill and jambs. The frame was set in a bead of sealant to keep water from wicking under the sill.

The door frame was fastened through the jamb with screws concealed behind the weatherstripping. While it’s often a one-person job, many hands make light work, especially when it comes to stretching the weatherstripping out of the way.

There’s still a lot of work to be done, but getting the entry door in place signals the transition from the “rough” to “finish” phases of construction.


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