You may find that a storm door is a need once you have selected the ideal front door. These lightweight and simple-to-install entryways protect against bad weather, add insulation, keep bugs out, and let in refreshing breezes during the warmer months.
You can put in a storm door by yourself if you don't have one already, or if the one you have is broken. Check out how simple it is to replace your front door.
- Step 1: Measure the Frame
It's important to take measurements before purchasing any kind of storm door, whether it's made of glass, has insulation, or is just a standard hinged door. Measure the width of the opening at the top, the middle, and the bottom of the current storm door frame. Next, determine how tall the frame of the storm door is. Don't worry if the three width measurements don't add up to exactly the same amount; just make sure to record them all from the inside of the door frame.
- Step 2: Research Your Options
Most houses gradually shift as time passes, especially in the corners and around the doorframes. That's fine; just make the necessary adjustments to the storm door's fit during installation. A Z-bar extender, commonly used in installations, is used to bridge the gap between the door and its somewhat out-of-square frame. It's also possible to have a door constructed to your exact specifications by providing the necessary dimensions.
- Step 3: Decide on the Swing
Whether your old storm door opened in or out, to the right or the left, is a factor to consider when shopping for a ready-made replacement door. Place the storm door on a raised surface, like a worktable in the yard or two sawhorses, after you've selected which way you'll be installing it. The hinges are only attached temporarily, so before you permanently fasten them with screws, you'll want to make sure they're on the right side for your swing. Also, if it's relevant, check that your Z bar is set properly.
- Step 4: Finalize the Fit
To make sure the door fits, prop it up in the opening. Shim the door as directed by the maker. Slope the Z bar as necessary to obtain a snug fit.
- Step 5: Secure the Storm Door
Hold that door shut and screw down the hinges to make sure it stays shut. Fasten the Z bar in place, too, making sure to leave any necessary spaces and use the screws that came with it. The plastic storm door sweep should be placed into the expander channels, closed, and excess expander cut off before being reattached to the door. Put some screws in there to make sure it stays.
- Step 6: Install the Latch
Attach the door hardware in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, which may include drilling holes and adjusting the hardware to the correct height. The striking plate and shim, along with the latch and deadbolt (if utilizing), must be put together. Make any necessary adjustments to the door's opening and shutting, and install the doorjamb bracket and closer as directed.
- Step 7: Install Weatherproofing
Door weatherstripping is the final step in reducing energy loss and saving money. Screw in the top (head) jamb piece, side weatherstrips, and bottom (swinging) door sweep. These important parts will also serve to keep out dust and insects.