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How to Install a Storm Door

November 12, 2014 Categories: Doors

Strom Door

In this post you will learn …

  • What you will need to install a storm door.
  • How to measure for a storm door replacement.
  • Tips on how to install your storm door properly.

Learn how to install a storm door. There are many benefits to having a storm door. A beautiful storm door can enhance the visual appeal of your entrance and can also provide added security. Today, you’ll find storm doors in all styles, colors and materials so that the door blends well with the architectural style and construction of your home.

A well-built storm door will have an excellent locking mechanism that prevents intruders from coming in. Often homeowners will lock both their exterior door and their storm door to add a layer of protection. Even on days when the weather isn’t perfect, you can still open the exterior door to let the light inside. Some storm doors also have sliding glass panels so that you can even allow fresh air into the room. As you can see, there are many benefits to having a storm door installed in your home.

Learn How to Install a Storm Door

Tools you’ll need:

  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape

Step 1: Measuring

The most important step is to measure correctly for your new storm door. Measure the width of the door opening at the top, middle and bottom and use the smallest number if there’s a difference. Now measure the height of the opening. This will tell you what size door to purchase. If your opening is unusual, then you may need to order a custom storm door.

Step 2: Installation

Use the manufacturer’s instructions when actually installing the door. Some require you to install the drip cap first while others tackle this last. Most come with z-bars which should be attached on either side of the door frame. This piece may need to be cut to fit the length. Once this is in place, it’s time to install the hinges.

It will take two people to pick up the door and set it into the opening so that the correct location can be marked for the hinges. Before you screw the hinges to the door frame, test to make sure the door will open and close freely. When installing your door, you should use a level to ensure that the door is plumb and level.

Hire a Pro

Some DIY projects are a bit more challenging than others and installing a storm door where it will open and close correctly does require a good level of knowledge and expertise. If you don’t feel up to it or simply don’t have the time, then purchase your storm door with your replacement entry door through Stanek Windows and we’ll install it for you. Our doors and windows offer an excellent level of thermal protection to reduce energy bills and keep your home snug and cozy. Our installations are done by experienced professionals.

Want to learn more about our storm and entry doors? Contact Stanek Windows today and schedule a free in-home estimate. Call us at 1-800-230-8301 or filling out our online form.