If you’re a handy homeowner, you can install your Therma-Tru Benchmark door. But before you decide if you want to, consider the tools and time you’ll need, and whether you’ll have extra hands available on installation day. Talk to your Lowe’s installation professional, and read these tips so you can make an informed decision.

What’s involved?

Door installation is more than placing a new door slab on hinges. A complete list of tools you’ll need can be found in the installation instructions. Some of these items include: two- and six-foot levels, a caulking gun, shims, a screw gun / drill, insulating material, a sill pan and tools, hacksaw and tin snips. You’ll probably also want a second person on hand to help you handle and position the door frame and other large elements.

Do I need to know building codes?

Some geographic regions are prone to certain natural disasters and therefore have strict building codes. This means that depending on where you live, you may be required to install a door designed to withstand impact, moisture penetration or fire. Lowe’s Installation Services or another building professional will be able to advise you about building codes in your area. We recommend that you don’t install a new door without understanding your local codes first.

How long will it take?

The length of time it will take to install your new entry depends on many factors, including your experience level. But one of the biggest factors is the configuration you’ve selected. Installing a double-door with sidelites will obviously take more time than installing a single door. Your Lowe’s associate can help you estimate how much time it will take to install your particular configuration.

Browse the instructions

Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you want to install your door yourself or arrange for Lowe’s Installation Services to do it is to read the installation instructions.

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