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If you’re a first-time interior door shopper, the terminology is a bit confusing. A pre-hung door comes with a door frame, while a slab door doesn’t. This is the basic difference between the two.

But which should you buy? Read this post to make an informed purchase.

Let’s get started.

Pre-Hung vs. Slab Doors: Understanding the Difference

If you are unsure which type of door to buy—a slab or a pre-hung door—keep reading.

First, let’s define each type.

What Is a Pre-Hung Door?

A pre-hung door comes fully pre-assembled in a door frame to simplify installation. The door slab, or actual door; hinges; and the door frame, which consists of the threshold and door jamb, are usually included. The entire assembly has been pre-mounted and aligned, ready to be installed into a rough opening.

Pre-Hung Door

Because it makes installation easier, this kind of door is useful for building and remodelling projects. ‘Pre-hung’ refers to a door that is already hung within the frame on its hinges. When compared to installing each component separately, this option saves time.

Pre-hung doors are a popular option for interior and exterior doors in residential and commercial buildings because they’re available in various styles, materials, and finishes.

What Is a Slab Door?

A slab door is a single, flat, rectangular, solid slab without pre-attached framing or hardware. In contrast to pre-hung ones, slab doors are just the door itself—they do not have a frame, hinges, or any other parts.

They are normally a custom installation, where the builder or homeowner wants more control over the choice of hardware and framing or as a replacement door in existing frames.

Slab Door

Slab doors are adaptable and can be constructed from a variety of materials, including composite, metal, and wood. They can be customized to fit the aesthetic of a specific space because they are available in a variety of styles and finishes.

Slab doors need to be installed with more care and attention to detail. This is because they need to have hinges, handles, and other hardware attached before being fitted into an existing or specially-made door frame.

The Price You Will Pay

When you buy indoor doors, budget plays an important role. There are many different interior door styles to consider if budget is a key factor in your choice.

Slab doors are cheaper than pre-hung doors, as they do not come with a frame. However, the cost of your interior door will be determined by a variety of factors, including:

  • The materials used to construct the door.
  • Whether it has a solid or hollow core.
  • Whether the door has clear or frosted glass.
  • The intricacy of the door’s design.

An interior door can range from $50 to $300. Please note that installation may be extra, so keep that in mind when buying either a slab door or a pre-hung door. It is a good idea to understand how to buy solid interior doors so you avoid common mistakes.

When to Install Pre-Hung or Slab Doors

Knowing when you should be installing which type of indoor door will enable you to buy the right product.

Installing a Pre-Hung Door

If you are renovating your home, this is the best choice. Pre-hung doors include a door frame, so there is no need to construct one. All that is required is to pre-cut a hole for the strike plate or mortise the hinges, which the manufacturer will supply.

This type of door is recommended for exterior doors more than interior ones because it is more weather resistant and easier to install. For the best fit, we recommend hiring a professional.

It is important to note that the door handle and other accessories are not included and need to be bought separately.

Installing a Slab Door

If you plan to replace an indoor door, buying a slab door is probably the best idea, assuming you have a door frame. The best way to get the size right is to keep the same measurements as the old one; this will ensure the door fits properly within its frame.

Buying a slab door is a quick and affordable way to upgrade your space. Installing it may require some effort, so hiring help is a good idea if you are not an accomplished do-it-yourselfer; if you are, it should be no problem.

Before you buy any indoor door, consider your lifestyle and budget for the best purchase. Consider the nature of your project, your budget, and your lifestyle. Buying a slab door or pre-hung door could be the best way to transform your space, but choose carefully. If you are ordering online, read the store’s return/exchange policy before you buy. Get in touch with The Reno Superstore if you have any questions.

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