A storm door makes a home entryway more functional and can increase the value of the property. Storm door kits are reasonably priced and make installation easy because they include many of the necessary components. It takes less than half a day to install a storm door in your home and this project is relatively easy.
You will need:
Step 1: Use the tape measure to determine the size of the door opening. Inspect the surrounding trim and doorjamb to make sure they are plumb, level, and solid. A storm door can open to the right or left. The most convenient installation puts the storm door and regular door handles on the same side.
Step 2: Use the pencil to mark the hinge frame in a spot 1/8-inch less than the doorframe opening. Use the hacksaw to cut the hinge frame along this dimension.
Step 3: To make storm door installation easier, remove the glass from the door to reduce the weight and prevent damage.
Step 4: Screw two of the screws through the middle of the new hinge frame into the door jamb, holding the door in place. At each hinge, attach jamb screws. Open and close the door to verify that it fits and swings properly. Screw the drip cap into the jamb to secure it.
Step 5: Take measurements for the latch side of your doorframe. Use the hacksaw to cut this frame 1/8-inch smaller than these measurements.
Step 6: Remove the included expander sweep at the bottom of the door. Slide rubber sweeps into channels in this area. Crimping the ends of these channels will hold the rubber sweeps in the correct place. Use the hacksaw to trim any sweep material that exceeds a 1/8-inch overhang on each side. Reinstall the expander sweep so its screw side faces in.
Step 7: Some door kits have a door hardware template that illustrates where holes should be drilled for this hardware. Use this to determine where to drill the holes for the lock and doorknob, lines these up, and install each one in the appropriate hole. Begin with the components on the exterior of the door, insert interior pieces, and screw these into place. If the door has a deadbolt lock, this should be installed the same way a doorknob is installed.
Step 8: Attach the door striker plate. Slide the stop washer onto the door closer.
Step 9: Assemble the door closer unit by installing the brackets onto each end. Refer to manufacturer instructions for closer height and hold the closer level at this height on the storm door. Use the pencil to mark bracket locations on the doorjamb and door. Use the screws to attach the closer to the doorjamb and door.
Step 10: Install the glass or screen in the storm door, depending on the season.