Installing a Storm Door

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Install a storm door to improve the appearance and weather resistance of an old entry door or to protect a newly installed door against weathering. In all climates, adding a storm door can extend the life of an entry door.

 

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Overview

Install a storm door to improve the appearance and weather resistance of an old entry door or to protect a newly installed door against weathering. In all climates, adding a storm door can extend the life of an entry door.
When buying a storm door, look for models that have a solid inner core and seamless outer shell construction. Carefully note the dimensions of your door opening, measuring from the inside edges of the entry door’s brick molding. Choose a storm door that opens from the same side as your entry door.

What You'll Need

Tools:

Tape measure
Pencil
Plumb bob
Hacksaw
Hammer
Drill and bits
Screwdrivers
Storm door unit
Wood spacer strips
4d casing nails

Materials:

Tape measure
Pencil
Plumb bob
Hacksaw
Hammer
Drill and bits
Screwdrivers
Storm door unit
Wood spacer strips
4d casing nails

 

Step 1

How to Cut a Storm Door Frame to Fit a Door Opening-Step 1

Because entry door thresholds are slanted, the bottom of the storm door frame needs to be cut to match the threshold angle. Measure from the threshold to the top of the door opening along the corner of the brick molding (A)


Step 2

How to Cut a Storm Door Frame to Fit a Door Opening-Step 2

then measure along the front edge of the entry doorstop (B).


Step 3

How to Cut a Storm Door Frame to Fit a Door Opening-Step 3

Subtract 1⁄8" from measurements A and B to allow for small adjustments when the door is installed. Measuring from the top of the storm door frame, mark the adjusted points A and B on the corner bead. Draw a line from point A to the outside edge of the frame and from point B to the inside edge. Draw an angled line from point A on the corner bead to point B on the inside edge.


Step 4

How to Cut a Storm Door Frame to Fit a Door Opening-Step 4

Use a hacksaw to cut down through the bottom of the storm door frame, following the angled line. Make sure to hold the hacksaw at the same slant as the angled line to ensure that the cut will be smooth and straight.


Step 5

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door-Step 1

Position the storm door in the opening and push the frame tight against the brick molding on the hinge side of the storm door, then draw a reference line on the brick molding, following the edge of the storm door frame.


Step 6

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door- Step 2

Push the storm door frame tight against the brick molding on the latch side, then measure the gap between the reference line and the hinge side of the door frame. If the distance is greater than 3⁄8", spacer strips must be installed to ensure the door will fit snugly.


Step 7

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door-Step 3

To install spacers, remove the door, then nail thin strips of wood to the inside of the brick molding at storm door hinge locations. The thickness of the wood strips should be 1⁄8" less than the gap measured in step 2.


Step 8

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door-Step 4

Replace the storm door and push it tight against the brick molding on the hinge side. Drill pilot holes through the hinge-side frame of the storm door and into the brick molding spaced every 12". Attach the frame with mounting screws.


Step 9

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door-Step 5

Remove any spacer clips holding the frame to the storm door. With the storm door closed, drill pilot holes and attach the latch-side frame to the brick molding. Use a coin to keep an even gap between the storm door and the storm door frame.


Step 10

How to Fit & Install a Storm Door-Step 6

Center the top piece of the storm door frame on top of the frame sides. Drill pilot holes and screw the top piece to the brick molding. Adjust the bottom sweep, then attach the locks and latch hardware as directed by the manufacturer.


 
 

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