Adding Custom Storm Doors to an Exisitng Opening Adding Custom Storm Doors to an Exisitng Opening

What You'll Need
Hacksaw
Pencil
Electric drill
New storm door hardware kit
New storm door manual

Rather than choosing a storm door off the shelf, many people today prefer to install their very own custom storm doors. They are useful if you are particular about the design and material or cannot find the right fit for your frame. There are 3 major types of storm doors in the market today that you can choose from depending on your need. These are full view, ventilating and roll screen.

Step 1 - Cutting the Aluminum Hinge Frame to Size

Make sure you measure the opening allowed between the doorjambs before you purchase the custom storm door. Standard dimensions for storm doors are 36 inches wide and 81 inches tall. Your new door will come with a hardware kit and an instruction manual. Make sure you read it thoroughly and check the hardware parts since each custom storm door would be different from the other. Remove the glass from the door to make it easier and less dangerous to work with.

Measure the length of the opening not by a measuring tape but by placing the hinge frame against the opening. The aluminum hinge frame is usually a few extra inches longer to accommodate varying sizes.  Mark the point with a pencil on to the hinge frame where it would need to be cut. Let this be 2.5 cm less than the door jamb so it does not get stuck in the opening. Using a hacksaw cut the extra inches from the bottom of the frame. There might be a slope at the threshold so make sure you get the angle right too.

Step 2 - Installing the Hinges

Now place the door frame onto the opening. With the provided screws, attach the hinge side of the door to the hinge side of the opening. There will be predrilled holes in the door. Use these holes as markings and attach by drilling the doorjamb screws into each of the hinges provided. Make sure the door is closed while you screw them in with the electric drill. Now open the door and secure the remaining provided screws on the inner hinges.

Step 3 - Latch Side, Lock Mechanism and the Rubber Sweep

Install the latch side of the frame in a similar manner. Measure the aluminum rail first and cut it using a hacksaw. Using the provided screws attach the frame to the latch side of the opening. Attach the lock mechanism onto the door as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Remove the expander from the bottom of the door. Attach the sweep to the expander in the channels provided and remove and excess rubber that might be longer than the length of the expander. By using the predrilled holes as your mark, attach the expander to the bottom of the door with the provided screws. Check to see if the door smoothly opens and closes with the sweep attached.

Step 4 - Attaching the Closer Unit

Finally, attach the closer unit to the door as per the manufacturer’s instructions. It is usually an inch below the top of the opening and will be attached with the provided jamb brackets and jambs screws. 

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