Warped Metal Door Window Frame

Old 10-04-05, 03:53 PM
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Warped Metal Door Window Frame


I just moved into a house and found that the back door window frame is severly warped and cracked. It is plastic and I'm figuring that because of the humidity and heat here (Missouri) and the fact that there is a glass storm door in front of it (conducting heat from the sun) is what caused the damage. I removed the whole bottom section and a portion of the right side today and thought I would just get some wood molding and some new caulking to fix it for now...but I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a completed frame that I can just replace the old one with, without having to purchase a new door. Also, the inside frame seems to be screwed into the oustide frame and so I'm wondering if that should be replaced at the same time...I'd rather do it all right now instead of later.

Any suggestions or where to go from here? I've looked at local hardware/home improvement stores on the web but haven't found anything that would help.

Thanks! Kate
Old 10-04-05, 04:47 PM
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Those plastic frames are notorious for doing that. Yes, you'll want to replace both sides at the same time. They are pretty standard, but it would help if you knew what kind of door it was... Stanley, Therma-Tru, Masonite, Mastercraft, etc. You can go to any lumberyard's millwork department and they can order one for you, just make it clear that you want both sides, and no glass. (unless you want new glass too).

Those plastic frames need to be painted once they are installed to help protect them from UV light. The full view storm door doesn't help matter either- it gets awful hot between those doors. If the storm door has a vent, it would help to open it up during the summer.
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Thanks so much! We were going to have someone come out to give an estimate on a new door, but maybe we can just replace the framing instead...door seems to be fine other than that. Thanks again!

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