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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly on DIY Security Door Installation

When you’re shopping for a new security screen door for your home here in Phoenix, AZ or anywhere, you have a ton of options, including buying a door at a hardware or big box store like Home Depot and then installing it yourself. With the increasing popularity of home renovation shows and how to videos online coupled with the fact that we all want to save money, doing your own security door installation can seem pretty attractive.

With that in mind, let’s explore the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to choosing between having a security screen door professionally installed in your Phoenix-area home and deciding you want to do it yourself.

The Good: In past posts, we’ve come down hard against DIY security door installation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any plusses to choosing a do-it-yourself option. If you’re confident in your abilities, have the correct tools, and you’ve tackled many other home projects, it’s possible, you might be able to install a door yourself, and maybe you’ll save a little money. But what if you make a mistake, or choose a poor quality prefabricated security door?

The Bad: And that brings us to the bad. Will installing your door yourself really save you any money in the long run? Actually, it might not save you much if anything, especially if you chose the wrong door, have to purchase tools you don’t have, make a mistake, forget a step, or misunderstand instructions. You could wind up calling a professional anyway. That professional might charge you a flat fee to install or repair your new door that makes your do-it-yourself door purchase more expensive than purchasing a more custom door that includes professional installation in the price.

The Ugly: Did you choose a poor quality security door? What if a burglar can just walk up with their battery operated drill and remove your “security” door? Your home insurance might cover lost items, but it can’t fix that feeling you get after your home has been broken into. What about warranties and guarantees? If you choose to install a door yourself to save money, you could wind up voiding things like home security guarantees.

Ultimately, choosing whether to install a security screen door yourself or to have a professional do it, is your decision. If you’re an experienced carpenter or contractor and have all the right equipment and knowledge, it could save you money. But for most people, it’s not as easy or as simple as the how-to videos or tv shows make it and other home improvements appear. If you don’t know what you’re doing you could make a lot of costly mistakes, or even do nothing towards improving the security of your home.

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