How To Replace A Storm Door
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How To Replace A Storm Door

How To Replace A Storm Door

Modern storm doors are stronger, smoother and much more aesthetically-pleasing than older models. So, how can you replace and install a storm door yourself? Follow our guide below!

Step 1. Find The Right Door

  • Start by measuring the size of the storm door you need to replace – height and width.
  • Most storm doors are 36 in. wide.
  • Most storm doors are reversible, meaning you can install with the hinge on either side.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when installing the door.
  • Mount the door to the exterior door trim by using “Z bars.”
  • Some doors will require you to drill holes for the latch.

Step 2. Prepare For Installation

  • Find a flat area to lay the new door box down and make sure you have all the parts you need.
  • Fold open the box and remove the glass storm panel.
  • Check for any damage or missing parts before moving on with the project.
  • Use cardboard as a work surface to prevent any scratches on the door.
  • Peel away any plastic after the door has been fully installed.
  • Next, hinge the storm door on the same side where the exterior door is located.
  • If there happens to be an adjoining rail or wall, have the door swing against it.

Step 3. Remove Old Storm Door

  • Typically, removing an aluminum door simply involves unscrewing and mounting screws on the door.
  • If caulk is featured around the frame, you can cut through it with a utility knife.
  • A heat gun can soften the caulk, as well.
  • Get rid of the old door by putting the glass panel in the trash.
  • Cut up the aluminum frame with a circular saw and carbide-tipped blade.
  • Toss all remaining pieces in the recycling bin.

Step 4. Prepare The Opening

  • Storm doors will hang to the door trim which is called the exterior casing.
  • If your new entry door needs some paint, now is the time to do that.
  • Manufacturers tend to make storm doors a bit narrower than traditional openings, so make sure the new door will fit.
  • You may need to install one 1/4-in furring strip at this point.

Step 5. Install Storm Door

  • It is vital to mount the door securely to the hinge-side trim.
  • Tug against the latch side to make sure it is snug.
  • Cutting the Z-bar can be a bit difficult. The trick is to center it on the lock and latch.
  • Find where it strikes the sill and cut the bottom at an angle where it matches the sill.
  • Cut the top next, ensuring it fits against the Z-bar.
  • Adjust the closer tension after installation of the door sweep and closers.
  • Closers need to be set with the door at its heaviest.
  • Save the boxes to store the window and screen panel during the off-seasons.

Required Supplies For Installation

Use these tools and materials if you plan on installing the storm door yourself:

  • Caulk gun
  • Cordless drill
  • File
  • Hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • Pliers
  • Level
  • Utility knife
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Wood chisel
  • Combination square
  • Exterior paint
  • Exterior caulk
  • Shims
  • Storm door
  • Furring strip (1/4-3/4-in.)

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