Pre-Hung vs Slab Doors Toronto
October 22nd 2019

Pre-Hung vs Slab Doors Toronto: What You Need to Know

When choosing a new door, there are several important considerations that you need to make. This is especially important for your entry door, which is the gateway to your home. Along with security, style, and material, you will also want to decide between a pre-hung or slab door. Both styles have their own advantages and can affect the look, installation process, and the fit of the door in your space. It’s important to choose the right door style, to avoid any disappointment or early replacements down the road.

Not sure of the difference between pre-hung and slab doors in Toronto? Want to know which will be the best fit for your home? Read on to learn about the pros and cons of each style, and how Burano Doors can help you make the right decision.

Road sign pointing in two different directions.

Who’s Who

It’s likely you’ve read the title of this post and wondered exactly what are pre-hung and slab doors, and what is the difference between them. We’ve got you covered! To put it simply, the main difference between the two is in the related fixtures and components of the door, beyond the actual door itself. As you can imagine, one comes with more ‘extras’ than the other, though this doesn’t necessarily mean better!

A pre-hung door is one that comes as an almost-complete package. It’s a self-contained unit designed to fit all together and will include the door frame, hinges, and mortises pre-cut (for the lock). It also includes the door slab itself, with a pre-cut hole for the doorknob. However, this won’t include any hardware such as doorknobs or fastenings- you’ll have to purchase those separately.

Comparatively, a slab door is exactly what the name suggests- a ‘slab’ of wood (or other materials) acting as the door, typically with a hole cut in for the doorknob. This doesn’t come with a frame, mortise, or any additional hardware. While it may seem lacking compared to its pre-hung counterpart, there are pros and cons to both door styles, which we will explore below.

Pre-hung Pros and Cons

Let’s start with what would seem like the obvious choice- a pre-hung door. It comes packaged with the majority of the pieces you will need to install your door, and ensures that it will all fit perfectly together. Your hinges are already attached, frames are built to the exact specifications, and there’s no need for you to measure and cut a mortise for your door lock.

Pre-hung doors are also ideal for exterior doorways, such as your front entry, as they will be naturally weather-tight. No need to worry about sealing any cracks to ensure warm air doesn’t escape during those cold Toronto winters! For those who aren’t as DIY-savvy, pre-hung doors make installation much easier by avoiding any extra measurements or custom builds.

However, there are some cons to pre-hung doors that should be considered. First and foremost, given all their extras, pre-hung doors are much heavier and may be harder to maneuver, especially for the lone DIY-er. This extra bulk can make it difficult to transport the door to your home, before you even have a chance to set it up.

As the fit is so exacting, you may have trouble getting a pre-hung door to fit into the door opening in your home. Once managed, you will still have to add the trim, paint, and stain as needed. Oh, and they also tend to be more expensive, as they include more pieces and are sold as a total set. Don’t fall prey to the idea that pre-hung doors are a one and done job!

Close up of slab doors

Slab Doors Pros and Cons

In contrast, you could choose the humble slab door to fit your needs. The main benefit of slab doors lies in their ability to be customized. You can choose the size, shape, hinge placement, and much more. Antique doors are typically sold as a slab and are a great way to add some uniqueness and vintage to your home. In short, the world is your oyster with a slab door!

Slabs are also typically less expensive since they are just the door board itself, which is great for the budget-conscious DIY-er. This particular door style is ideal for any interior doorways, as you don’t need to worry about a perfect installation and weather-proofing. This gives you a little wiggle room with your door installation, especially if you’re going to be doing it yourself and may need some practice.

Like the pre-hung door before it, there are some detractors to choosing a slab door. While inexpensive, slab doors may end up costing you more in labour if you don’t know what you’re doing. When in doubt, google your local Toronto contractor to help install your slab doors, as you will have to ensure that the opening, frames, mortises, and hinges all fit perfectly.

Since slab doors are sold without the extras, you will also have to incur extra costs to buy the materials that would have come with a pre-hung door, though you may be able to save, depending on where you source your materials. It’s always best to compare and contrast your options before making a decision, including both your financial and time investments.

Which Door is Right for You?

Ultimately, you will have to make a decision for your door- pre-hung or slab. Both come with their own pros and cons, and recommended uses, which can be a good rule of thumb. However, sometimes it is best to leave it to the experts, especially with your entry doors, where weatherproofing and security are essential.

That’s where Burano Doors comes in. Specializing in exterior doors, Burano is the go-to door destination in Toronto. Our team of experts can help you find the perfect fitting door, whether pre-hung or a custom slab, that will have you feeling safe and warm. We offer a wide selection of doors in all shapes, sizes, and colours, depending on your preference. Best of all, we will install the door for you, and remove the old one without you having to lift a finger. Give us a call today for your free estimate.

With Burano Doors, beauty truly does begin at your doorstep, Toronto.

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