Give Home a Facelift by Upgrading Interior Doors

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Inexpensive Options Abound at Interior Door Replacement Company

According to StyleforLiving.com, the average home has 19 interior passage and closet doors. Each of those doors presents an opportunity for homeowners to express their creativity and architectural style. Some real estate industry experts estimate that upgrading doors can produce a 50 percent return on investment. It's no surprise that so many homeowners are sprucing up or replacing their old interior doors.

"You'd be amazed how much you can transform a room just by upgrading the door," says Mark Neumann, owner of Interior Door Replacement Company (http://www.interiordoor.com) of Burbank, CA. "If you upgrade every door, it's like giving your entire house a facelift. And it's a lot cheaper than remodeling the kitchen."

Some homeowners upgrade interior doors by turning them into art projects. A simple coat of paint will add color and interest to an otherwise drab room, but why stop there? Faux painting techniques can add depth and dimension to a boring, flat panel door. Tape off symmetrical rectangles with masking tape, and then fill in the "panels" with varnish. Turn a child's door into a chalkboard by brushing on a background of blackboard paint framed in raised molding or bright colors.

For homeowners who lean more toward crafts than arts, door skins provide a viable alternative to paint. These thin strips of veneer are glued over the original door surface, completely covering every scratch, dent and gouge. Once in place, edges are trimmed with a router or other tool for a perfect fit. A wide variety of styles are available, from any wood grain imaginable to Asian-inspired laminates and plastics.

After researching techniques, pricing out tools and estimating clean-up time, many homeowners find they come out ahead by replacing their doors altogether. In fact, Neumann says his company routinely replaces interior doors for as little as $129 each. "We do all the work, and our customers often pay less than they would if they did it themselves."

Interior Door Replacement Company's (IDRC) five-step system makes the process hassle-free for homeowners. A service team marks and picks up the old doors early in the week. During this one hour visit, they measure the door openings and note gaps or spots that rub. Back at the shop, the team uses proprietary tools to custom match, cut, sand and finish the new doors so that they fit correctly within the existing door jambs. Later in the week, the team returns to install the customized doors.

“We do the hard work off-site, and we clean up after ourselves. We even haul off the old doors to make sure there is no mess left behind in the home,” points out Neumann. "That's better than most husbands."

Prices for IDRC's custom, raised-panel, interior doors begin at $129. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of custom hinges, handles and doors, including specialties such as bi-pass, bi-fold, fire-rated and mirrored wardrobe doors. Prices include installation, clean-up and disposal of old materials as well as new dull-brass hinges and door-stops. All jobs are covered by a limited customer satisfaction guarantee. An online gallery at http://www.interiordoor.com allows homeowners to create their own doors with custom hinges and handles, and receive free estimates.

About IDRC:

Interior Door Replacement Company custom fits and installs new interior doors for as low as $129 per door. Since its inception in 1997, the national franchise has installed over 100,000 interior doors in homes across America. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., IDRC has locations across California and in Colorado, Arizona and Texas. For more information about IDRC, visit the company's website at http://www.interiordoor.com.

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