Enjoy days of mild weather by using screen doors to allow fresh air inside. These secondary exterior doors are fitted on their front or rear doors. Made of wood, vinyl or metal screen doors all share a similar area to display the window in the top half of the screen door. Some doors also include screen panels at the bottom. These are some steps to install a screen door.
- Measure the width and height of the inside of the door opening with a tape measure.
- Look for a screen door closest to the measurements of your door opening as possible. You may need to cut a screen door to fit. If your new screen door is too wide, cut an equal amount from each side before installing.
- Screw surface mounted hinges under your door. Use at least three hinges on the door frame to connect the screen. If the frame does not come with pre – drilled holes, you may need to drill pilot holes.
- Drill pilot holes in the door hinges. Make sure the door hinges align with the doorframe. Tighten the screws and hinges. Attach the door handle most any door locks into the frame.
- Lift the screen door and place it in the frame, checks for any way. If necessary, remove cut for better fit. You may need help placing the screen door back into the frame. One person to hold the door, while the other attaches to the door frame.
- Install hydraulic or pneumatic seals that come with the door. These may have springs or chain stops to keep the door from slamming.
- Make sure your screen door opens and closes easily and the fit is good. Make adjustments as needed.
Tips & Warnings:
- If you live in a place with harsh winters, you may want to consider installing a metal door / storm combination that allows you to switch to a display panel glass during the winter months fabric.
- Wear safety glasses when using power saws.