Sliding doors can be tricky, whether it is a sliding exterior door or sliding interior closet doors. They have to be installed properly or they will not work correctly. And because they can be so difficult to work with, it only makes sense to hire a professional to install them.
Sliding patio doors can be heavy and it’s necessary that they open and close correctly so that intruders do not have access to your home. Sliding closet doors must be hung right because nothing is worse than doors that are sagging, gaping or refusing to open and close at all.
Choosing the Right Door For Your Needs
If you are replacing an existing sliding door or you know the exact type that you would like to have, it may not be that difficult to order the door on your own. However, if you do not know exactly what you would like or this is a brand new installation, it might be better to have the contractor measure and order the door to ensure the right style and fit.
Choosing the Right Sliding Door Installer
Regardless of what people might think, installing a door, especially a sliding door is not as easy as it might appear and should not be left to your cousin Phil. If you want the door to work properly, make sure that you hire the right person from the start. Start with the really obvious questions:
- Are you a licensed contractor in Hawaii?
- Are you bonded and insured?
- What is your experience?
- Do you have references?
- Are you recognized by any professional guilds or organizations?
Keep in mind that installing a sliding a door is more difficult than hanging a regular door, it is in all probability going to be more expensive and time consuming. Regardless of the expected expense, you should still practice the following steps whenever you hire a professional to do any work for you:
- Get a free, written estimate before committing to the work.
- Compare written estimates from several contractors, as well as checking stated prices for the doors themselves.
- Check references for the contractor.
There are times when the expense of a project is going to come from the labor charges rather than the materials. However, if you can find a better price for an item, call and let the contractor know. Often, the contractor gets his materials from one particular supplier and does not have the time to do a lot of calling around. Do not order a door, until you run it past the contractor, though, so it can be confirmed that it is the one that you need.