A screen door allows you to let in a cool breeze while preventing the entry of insects. Handy homeowners can expect to finish this installation project in an hour or two. The steps for how to install a screen door are not as demanding as putting in a new entry door.
Tools You’ll Need
You’ll only need a circular saw if the screen door requires a size adjustment.
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Circular saw
Steps for How to Install a Screen Door
- Measure your existing door opening to determine the correct screen door size.
- From door jamb to opposite jamb, measure the width of the exterior opening at the top, middle, and bottom.
- Measure the height of the frame opening in the middle as well as the right and left sides.
- Identify the shortest widths and heights and subtract 1/4 inch from each dimension to arrive at best screen door size.
- Select the style of screen door that you like at your local home improvement store or from an online retailer.
- The hinges and handle for your screen door will mirror the placement of the hardware on the entry door.
- Lift the screen door into the opening.
- Wedge wooden shims between the screen door and door jamb to hold it in place while you inspect the fit.
- Your screen door needs a gap of 3/16 of an inch between it and the door jamb to swing.
- Mark any areas where it touches or overlaps the door jamb.
- On a vinyl or wood screen door, trim off a strip of material to create a proper fit with a circular saw.
- Unless you have a partner to hold the door up, you may find it easier to attach the hinges with the screen door on the ground.
- Measure the hinge edge of the door 5 inches down from the top for placement of the top hinge.
- Measure 5 inches up from the bottom edge for placement of the bottom hinge.
- Mark the location exactly halfway between the top and bottom hinges for the installation of the middle hinge.
- Use each hinge as a template to mark where to drill pilot holes.
- Drill pilot holes with a bit smaller than your screws.
- Attach hinges with screws.
- Lift door into the opening and mark pilot holes for securing hinges to exterior frame.
- Perform the final hinge attachment.
- Install the screen door handle.
Consider Help From The Door Experts at PJ Fitzpatrick
Following the directions for how to install a screen door is a satisfying do-it-yourself project. However, if you don’t have time for the chore, PJ Fitzpatrick can install a new screen door for you. Ask us for a door installation estimate today!