How to Make Custom Storm Doors Blueprints How to Make Custom Storm Doors Blueprints

What You'll Need
24-inch by 36-inch newsprint sheets
Scale ruler
T-square
Drafting table
Large memory computer 500 Gb
Blue print drafting software
Portable memory card or USB stick

In order to create the custom storm doors you want for your home consider drawing up a custom storm door blue print. Sketch the blue print onto newsprint and take it to a blue print production company, or you can use blue print software to draw the blue print and just get it printed.

Step 1: Decide on the Size of Your Custom Storm Door

Standard sizes of storm doors are 30, 32, 34 and 36 inches in width, and 80-inches high or 96-inches high. These sizes will serve as a base for your door's outline. Draw the outline on your newsprint or input it into your blue print drafting software.

Step 2: Choose the Materials for Your Storm Door

Your storm door can be made of solid wood, vinyl over a wood or steel core, fiberglass, aluminum, sheet steel or a variety of other metals. Other metals such as copper can also be applied as cladding to your storm door. You can also add decorative molding to your storm door, in the same metal as the base or in other metals.

Step 3: Add the Windows

Add to your drawing the window configuration you prefer. These will include the type of window in your door. Choose a high-view window, just at the top, or a mid-view window with glass in the middle 2/3 of the door, and movable panels that allow a screen opening to let in fresh air. A full-view storm door will have a solid glass panel from top to bottom. You can choose to divide the door width into 3 panels, 2 of which will have glass sliding panels that cover screens. Select the glass type you prefer as well, from clear glass, etched glass or even a stained-glass artwork.

Step 4: Add Handle and Lock

Choose the handle type you prefer, and add it to your blue print drawing. It can be a lever handle or a vertical loop handle with a pushbutton latch release. You can also add a keyed deadbolt lock that is much more secure than the simple latch lock usually supplied with storm doors.

Step 5: Add Chain Catch and Door Open Brace

At the top of your screen door add a chain catch to stop the door from blowing back onto its hinges in a strong breeze. You can also include a door-open brace, generally a cylinder and rod with a large nut attached. When you move the nut away from the cylinder along the rod, the door will open to the rod length specified, and stay there till you slide the nut back to the cylinder.

Step 6: Add Decorative Molding

Add a decorative molding panel to your storm door below or around the windows, in any design you like. Draw your molding design onto the blue print so the door manufacturer can create it. If you are building a wooden storm door, you can use carving and embossing tools to add the decorative molding yourself.

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