Forum Title: Exterior door replacement
Howdy all, my mom has a older cinder block building that was used as our shop building when we use to farm. There are 2 walk in door entrances. The wooden doors are about 40 years old and in bad shape, they have been patched with plywood over the years. The door frames are made out of steel, as in 6 channel iron with 3/4 square stock used as the stop. She wants the doors replaced, but doesnt want wood doors. I was thinking about getting a wood door blank, so I could trim it to fit, and possibly clad the door with sheet metal. This whole door thing is new to me so any thoughts yall have would be greatly appreciated. The existing doors are 1 3/4 thick 35 1/2 wide one is 81 tall and the other is 83 1/2 tall. Both door frames are the same size. The height of the doors is not important because I can modify the frame to make them work. I am thinking this door would work: Masonite 6-Panel Solid Wood Core Universal Reversible Wood Hem Fir Unfinished Slab Entry Door (Common: 36-in x 80-in; Actual: 36-in x 80-in) Item # 738792 Model # 738792
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: FRANCISCO HANSON (Niagara Falls, NY), 01/18/2019

Yes, you can seal those interior holes. You should also check the slotted holes outside (called weepholes) to ensure they are not blocked with debris. Dust, leaves, twigs, bugs, etc. If they are clogged, that could lead to water backing up into the interior.

- JENNY NAVARRO (Laguna Niguel, CA), 02/16/2019

Thanks for the welcome. Yes we have, and we also had a couple of local handyman/contractor people look at it. The thought is the frame is a permanent part of the the building. They gave us some crazy numbers in my opinion. My thoughts were it couldnt be but so hard to just replace the door alone, till I got to looking at doors lol.

- CARL P (Mesa, AZ), 02/07/2019

I have the same set up in my garage. I went to our local building supply salvage yard and bought a really nice fiberglas exterior blank, not punched, not mortised. I did a trim job on the width to make it fit the steel opening, mortised where the framed hinges were, then punched it where the lockset was on the steel frame (which is definitely not the same as a wooden prehung). The fiberglas will outlast both wood and some metal doors, it is paintable and workable, as in trimming. Adding metal to a wood door is not a good idea.

- TERRY NGUYEN (Orange, CA), 02/27/2019

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