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Screen Door Installation Instructions Guide

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Screen Door Installation Instructions Guide

No matter where you are, screen doors can become quite important. Whether they are for keeping the massive bugs out, or for the nice days where all you want to do is open all the windows and doors in your home; screen doors always improve functionality in a home. There are all sorts of doors that you can get to match your home, or you can customize one from scratch.


If you are new to home improvement and haven’t ever installed a screen door before, we have compiled a list of tips and hints to help you along your journey. Screen doors will enhance your entry ways and add a modern touch to older homes. If you don’t want to renovate the whole house, doing simple things like adding screen doors can help to improve the overall function of the home.

  1. 1.Always Start Out By Measuring

    Many people who live in harsher climates with wild weather tend to get combination screen and storm doors. Storm doors are basically just stronger and more weatherproof than a normal screen door.

    Before even thinking about purchasing any old pre-cut or hung screen door, always measure the existing doorway to the best of your ability. You can allow for about an eighth of an inch difference on the sides of the door, and a half inch difference in height. Sometimes you will need to trim your screen door if you skip this step by just going out and purchasing the first nice looking door you see. It’s not that big of a problem, but trimming can usually easily be avoided by simply measuring the doorway before going shopping.

  2. 2.Pick Out Some Nice Hardware

    Always try to pick out matching hardware for your screen door since you don’t want it to appear tacky. Along with door handles, you should decide whether or not you want the door to be able to lock. We would suggest investing in a lockable screen door if you plan on having it exposed for lots of the summer and if there aren’t people around to watch for intruders. Remember though that if you live in a bad neighborhood, screen doors can easily be cut to reach the door handle on the inside so you should always have extra protection.

  3. 3.Do You Have to Trim Your Door?

    If so, don’t worry – it’s not that big of a deal. All you have to do is make sure to trim no more than three eighths of an inch from either side and no more than one full inch from the bottom. This will ensure that you don’t completely mess up the door and destroy it to the point of having no warranty. Also, it is always better to have a door that is too large than too small. If it’s too large, you can work with it. If it’s too small, you will probably have to take it back.

  4. 4.Do You Need a More Durable Screen Door?

    Many people who live in harsher climates with wild weather tend to get combination screen and storm doors. Storm doors are basically just stronger and more weatherproof than a normal screen door. In terms of installation there aren’t many differences so if you feel the need and live in an area that can get kind of crazy; we would suggest opting for a storm door instead.


    Screen doors are very useful in any type of home and can add a great functionality to the current entry way. They can help air out a house in the summer and allow for fresh air to cleanse the house as well. A storm door can be very helpful as well, but either one will do the job.

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