How to Replace an Exterior Storm Door Jamb

What You'll Need
Carpenter's square
Spirit level
Tape measure
Caulking gun

An exterior storm door is a valuable method of protecting your property from storm damage. By fitting and securing an exterior storm door you will be able to prevent any storm from suffering from damage to your home. Over time your storm door can become damaged which is why you might need to find a way of replacing an exterior storm door jamb.

Replacing an exterior storm door isn't actually that difficult, with the right tools and a bit of patience you will be able to replace your exterior storm door jamb very easily.

Step 1 - Measuring Your Storm Door

Whenever you are replacing a storm door you will need to measure your existing storm door to make sure that you replace it with one of the right size. It will be much easier to fit a replacement door which is the same width and height as your existing door because you don't need to worry about making the opening any bigger.

If you are fitting a larger door then you will need to replace the existing door frame at the same time.

Step 2 - Removing the Storm Door

Now you will need to remove your old storm door, this is quite a complicated process and will require an extra pair of hands. Use an electric screwdriver to undo the screws and start to lift the door away from the hinges. You might as well remove all of the old door hardware at this stage too.

Step 3 - Fitting the New Storm Door

You will now be able to fit the new storm door into the opening and check that it fits properly. Use a set square to ensure that the corners are perfectly level and square. Get another person to help you hold the door while you check that everything lines up properly. Use a spirit level to ensure that the door is perfectly level.

Step 4 - Screwing in the Door

Use the cordless screwdriver again to screw the door into the door jamb. Continue checking that the door is level while you are tightening all of the screws.

Step 5 - Cutting the Latch

Your new door should come included with a stencil which can be used with your new door to drill the right holes and slots for the latch to fit into. You can then use these holes to attach the latch securely to the door.

Step 6 - Door Closer

The door closer then needs to be attached to the door jamb by using the bracket which is included. This is easy to do with four screws. The bracket now needs to be fixed securely onto the wall.

Step 7 - Caulking

Now you need to apply a bead of caulking between the door frame and the external wall of the house. This will improve the efficiency of your house and will also make it look much better. The caulking can then be smoothed down using a damp finger.