How to Replace an Aluminum Screen Door

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Replacement aluminum screen door
Drill bit

An aluminum screen door is a great addition to your entryway or back door as they prevent insects from entering the home while allowing airflow to circulate. Through repeated use an aluminum screen door can become worn out, the screen can rip or the screws on the hinges can be torn from the frame of the door. Replacing an aluminum screen door is not difficult to do and the following article will show you how to do the job yourself.

Step 1 - Remove the Old Aluminum Screen Door

Obviously if you plan to replace an aluminum screen door you need to first remove the damaged one. Open the inner entry door and open the aluminum screen door completely. If the door has a door closer then use the screwdriver to remove the screws holding it on the door and the door frame. Place it off to the side if you want to use it again on the new door (unless the new door has its own included). Follow the hinges where they connect to the door frame and remove the screws one at a time from the top then the bottom. This prevents the door falling off and potentially on you. Hold the door in place as you remove the last two screws. The door can then be placed a flat surface. Measure the width and height of the door and use these measurements to purchase the new aluminum screen door.

Step 2 - New Screw Holes

When you arrive home with the new aluminum screen door you need to hold it in place against the door frame. If you are lucky the screw holes will line up and you will not have to do much. If, however, the holes do not line up then you will have to drill new ones. With the new door in place use the marker to create drill marks on the door frame (top and bottom) using the screw holes on the door as a guide. Remove the door and place it out of the way. Use the drill and create pilot holes through the metal where you drew the marks.

Step 3 - Install the Aluminum Screen Door

Now that the new screw holes are drilled you can easily install the new aluminum screen door. Place the new door against the door frame and line up the screws holes you drilled with the holes in the door. Insert one screw but do not tighten it all of the way. Place another screw in the top and do not tighten it all the way. When all of the screws have been placed you can then tighten them completely. Once the door is in place swing it open and close to make sure that it closes properly.

Step 4 - Automatic Door Closer

If you're using a door closer then you can put it in place now. Put the door closer where the old one was. Insert all of the screws and tighten them.