Replace vs. Repair? Complete Remodel vs. Makeover? by Mike Gosser

Replace vs. Repair

Do I repair my rear entry door or replace the entire unit with a pre-hung?   (NOTE – This question is not necessarily limited to doors and can be applied to almost anything on or in the house)

A pre-hung door unit consists of the jamb, weather-stripping, threshold and all the moldings, inside and out.

Here is a list of entry door components that you should consider when you are contemplating repair or replacement of the entire door unit.

  • Rotted or cracked jamb
  • Rotted or cracked exterior moldings/interior casings
  • Rotted, cracked or worn threshold
  • Damaged or missing weather-strip
  • Warped or damaged door slab


“Replace”  is often a key word used by many salesman for a fast easy sale. How do I know what is the best option for me?  How do I make the right decision about my project, whether I’m looking to change the style of my door or if I have various issues with any of the components listed above? An experienced carpenter can determine whether it is necessary to replace the entire door unit or if it can be rebuilt/repaired. Rebuilt jambs with new weather-stripping can function just as well as a new pre-hung door unit, with substantially less labor cost. With lower quality pre-hung door units, finding replacement parts is either impossible or can be an expensive operation.

“Repairs” are usually necessary if something is rotted or you just want to change the style, operation or function of  windows, bookcases, kitchens, baths and etc. An experienced and honest carpenter/remodeler can help determine the most efficient way to create these changes. The carpenter can also help in the design, selection of wood species and materials to ensure your end product will be aesthetically pleasing and preform/function correctly for years to come. In the end, you want an affordable and quality product that will be a good investment that will last.

“Remodeling or Makeover” questions always come up. Specifically, do I want to do a complete remodel or a makeover on my kitchen or bath? Here again, an experienced carpenter/remodeler can help you determine if you need to start from scratch or if a makeover is the right solution for you. Of course to what extent the makeover is accomplished will be determined by a partnership between a reliable remodeler and owner. Keep in mind, that a makeover can be a fraction of the cost of a complete remodel (see blog post “Cheap and Easy Kitchen Remodeling“).

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to find an experienced carpenter/remodeler to help evaluate your home needs and participate in solutions that will save you time and money. The goal is to produce a long lasting, good investment and pleasing outcome for you and your family.

Don’t forget it should not cost you anything to seek out good advice from a reliable professional! Its worth the phone call!

Mike Gosser, Master Carpenter/Remodeler with over 40 years on site experience. Go to my “Testimonials” page to read client reviews and watch my website video.