Looking to replace my entry door this summer. But I measured the
existing jamb to be 4 7/8". Most of the new doors I've seen are 4
9/16", a 5/16" difference. The front of the house is brick. How does
someone deal with this difference? Do the brick molds make up the
1. special order a door with a custom jamb size.
2. extend the jambs with a 5/16 strip of wood, either on the inside or
the outside. you might be able to buy something like screenmolding or
parting stop of the shelf at a lumberyard that would work.
3. rabbet 5/16 out of the back side of the trim where goes against the
wall. leave the full thickness where it contacts the jamb. this won't
work on the inside if you have thin casings such as colonial casing.
It would work on the brickmold, though. you'd need a table saw for
There is nothing wrong with the jamb, but I wanted to get a steel door
and I thought it would be easier to get a pre-hung door.
If I would consider a wood door, then maybe I would try to just
replace the door. I have replaced interior doors in my house, keeping
the jambs, so it would not be that hard for me, other than the heavy
weight of the door.
I do not know if 5/16 of an inch would make that much difference, so
thats why I figured let me ask here first and see what others have done.
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