The Simple Process Of Changing The Storm Door On Your Home
Installing a Storm Door on Your Own
Because of it’s frequent use, storm doors are usually one of the first replacements for any homeowner. Keeping your storm door in good condition is important, as it not only adds beauty to your home- it also protects your exterior door as well. A great choice is to use a form of French Doors, as they open outwards.
A worn out storm door can be quite unattractive, and can take away from the value of your home. Fortunately, installing storm doors are simple and don’t take a lot of time. You can do it yourself, and quite possibly increase the value of your home.
Getting the Measurements
It is important to have the correct size measurement of your old storm door, to ensure you purchase a new one in the right size. This can be accomplished by simply measuring the height and the width of the entrance opening. However, if you will be removing the door yourself, it is much easier to simply measure the door. Flanges secure the door to the home;you will want to check the size of the flange because it can very. Making sure you have measured everything correctly will decrease any chance of having to do any unnecessary adjustments. Buying the wrong size door could lead to having to make adjustments on the opening, or the door itself. Avoid the extra work by double checking the size of the flange as well as the old door.
Purchasing Storm Doors
Choosing the right door is the easy part. What kind of door you want is totally up to you, however make sure it fits the style of your home. If the store does not have the correct size, it may have to be ordered. This will not take long, so don’t be overly concerned should this happen. This way you’ll get the door you want, in the correct size.
Unpacking the Door and Its Hardware
Once you receive your new door, be sure to unpack it safely. Doing so on the grass is not a good idea, because you will have many screws to handle which could get lost.
Your door will come with twenty to thirty screws, as well as a spring and chain attachment.
Don’t worry about the flanges, they will most likely already be attached to the door along with the hinges. The screws will be to attach the new door, and the spring and chain will be to avoid the door’s swing from being too harsh.
Automatic door closers may come with the new door, however if it does not you may want to consider purchasing one.
Although you can use an old one, it just might be a good idea to have a new one with the new door. This will lessen the chance of parts wearing out quicker than others.
Fitting the Door Into the Entrance
If you have purchased the correct size door, it should slide into the opening of the entrance with no problem. Be sure to check that all four sizes fit securely, and there is a square shape at the top. You can use a carpenter’s square to make sure this is correct. The flange will be extend to three sides of the door, if everything is the way it should be. Have someone hold the door for you will you insert the screws. This will help to keep the door leveled, as it will not open and close if it is not leveled. Also be sure that the door does not drag over the threshold. This is quickly wear out the bottom of your door, and make unnecessary noise as well.
Fastening Storm Doors to Your Home
It is best to use an electric screwdriver, to ensure the screws are in securely. A cordless screwdriver would be best, however it is okay if you do not have a cordless one- no need to buy a new one. Put the screws into the flange from the top first, but make sure not to screw them too tight. This will dent the flange, leaving an uneven appearance. Check the door before putting all the screws in, to be sure they are level and square. You don’t want to have an uneven door, so after putting screws for the top corners in, take your carpenter’s square and double check.
Final Touches to Getting the Job Done
Once the screws are inserted, put the inside catch for the latch on the jamb. This will take two or three screws. After doing so, make sure the chain is fastened to the top of the door, but if using an automatic closer make sure it is fastened to the door and jamb. Adjust it so that the door will close and latch. Caulk can be used around the outer part of the flanges, in order to seal them to the home. Once this is done, throw away all wrapping and clean the area of all extra pieces, or garbage.
You are now ready to not only bask in the glory of your accomplishment, but you and your family can enjoy a new and beautiful storm door.