Just like any other item on a home, the screen door will eventually become worn out and need to be replaced. Homeowners have the option of either paying an installer for replacing a screen door for them or, if they would like to save some money, they can replace the screen door themselves in about one hour. Replacing a screen door requires a new screen door, some basic tools, and a small amount of time and effort to finish the project and give the homeowner the look that they desire.
There are many different reasons why a homeowner may want to replace an old screen door with a new one. In some cases, the screen door has become damaged or worn out so that it no longer closes properly. In other cases, the homeowner may no longer like the look of the old screen door and wants to upgrade the style and the look of their home.
Replacing a screen door is not a difficult task, with many individuals able to complete the entire installation process in less than two hours. Most replacement screen doors come with an installation kit. The kit will contain the hinges, the bolts, and the pneumatic door closer that will be needed for the screen door to function properly.
Basic screwdrivers will be needed to tighten the hardware for the screen door installation and a drill may be needed to create new holes in the doorframe to secure the hinges.
Steps For Replacing A Screen Door
The first step in replacing a screen door is choosing the replacement door. Replacement screen doors can typically be purchased at any home improvement store and are usually sold as a complete kit that contains all of the additional hardware that will be needed for the screen door replacement.
Although in the past all screen doors were gray or of unfinished metal, today screen doors come in a wide variety of colors and style to choose from.
Many people believe that all screen doors are created the same with the same dimensions, so all they will have to do is pick a door design that they like. The truth is that there are many different sizes and styles of screen doors available.
The screen door frame must be measured prior to shopping for a screen door to ensure that the screen door will fit into the door frame. If the hinges on the new screen door do not match the holes on the door frame from the old screen door, new screw holes will need to be marked and drilled into the door frame to secure the new screen door.
Removing the old screen door is the next step in the process. Removing the old screen door is easier if you have a friend hold the door steady while the hinges are removed from the door frame. The hinges at the top and the bottom of the door should be removed first so that the middle hinge can help stabilize the movement of the door while the other hinges are being removed.
After the old screen door has been removed, the last step is to attach the new screen door to the door frame using the hardware included with the screen door kit. The middle hinge should be installed first, with the top and bottom hinges following as an assisting friend holds the screen door steady. The last item to be attached to the screen door should be the pneumatic closing mechanism and when this step is completed, replacing the screen door is finished.
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