I was asked to replace a door at a home in Naperville. The seal on the glass had failed and condensation was forming between the pains. In addition, the door itself was failing and had become difficult to open.
When I removed the original door I discovered that the frame around the door was wet and rotting. Rotting wood can be an invitation for termites.
The original installer neglected basic installation techniques, including properly installing the flashing around the doorframe. In addition, the framing crew didn’t install a vapor barrier on the house envelope, and the cement contractor didn’t install a water resistant shield behind the stoop. All of this contributed to allowing water to seep in and damage the structure of the home.
You may ask why these basic but important steps were not completed. Some of these steps may involve cost and time. However, other steps were simple and relatively low cost. It is my opinion that these were not completed because the installer was not invested in doing a good job. He or she was a subcontractor who just wanted to get the job done and move onto their next task.
It makes a difference when your name is attached to a finished project. Gizmo Home Craft is how I make my living. I take pride in doing the job right. In the end both the customer and I benefit from my pride in workmanship.