Whether used inside or as external doors, installing French doors makes a huge difference in your home. French doors are a beautiful focal point, and they look elegant while allowing a lot of light to enter the room. Installing French doors will take some time, probably about a weekend, but it is a change you can easily make to modify the entire feel of your home. If you have been dreaming of installing French doors in your home, waive installation costs, and set aside a weekend to do it yourself.
Remove Old Frame
Before you can start installing your new doors, you will need to remove the old door frame. To do this, carefully pry the frame from the wall, being careful not to damage the door’s trim. While you are removing them, number each piece of trim so you can remember where each piece belongs when you are replacing it after you install your new frame.
Ensure The Wall Is Secure And Sturdy
Do not continue with installation before making sure the wall is secure and sturdy. If you need to add any studs or horizontal nailers to more efficiently support your drywall, do it now. You want to be sure the wall is strong enough to support the new frame and doors. This is also the time to make sure that the opening is square.
If your French doors are external, you will need to use insulation to fill in the stud cavities. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to install your insulation, and make sure the vapor barrier is facing toward the indoor room. Staple the insulation in place, and if it is unfaced use a polyethylene vapor barrier.
Use drywall screws to secure your first sheet of drywall in place. Then use drywall mesh over any cracks to make the surface smooth. Once you are satisfied, use joint compound to smooth over the seams.
Put Your New Frame Into Place
Once you have your drywall installed and smoothed, lift your new French doors into position. See how the frame fits and determine what adjustments need to be made. Check to be sure everything is level and plumb before you secure anything into place.
Use Shims To Ensure Tight Fit
Insert shims anywhere there are spaces between the door opening and the new frame. You want to be sure the door is as tight as possible so that everything remains level, plumb, and well insulated. Make sure the new door frame has a tight and secure fit before moving on to the next step.
Tack Door Into Place
Now that the frame is in place, you want to keep it in place, so tack it in place enough o hold the frame. Do not fully secure the door, but lightly tack it into place so that it allow you to continue making necessary adjustments.
Ensure That The Doors Fit
Now that your frame is in place, you want to make sure that the French doors fit into it correctly. Test the doors to make sure they will open and close easily.
Make Necessary Adjustments
At this point, you want to check to make sure your door is level and plumb. If it is not, now is the time to make any adjustments, before you fully secure the door in place.
Secure Frame Tightly
Once all of the needed adjustments are made, use screws to permanently secure the frame into place. Make sure it is tightly secure and that it remains level and plumb as you secure it.
Since you know that the frame is level and plumb, it should be easy to hang the French doors. You should not have to make any adjustments, but if you have any trouble opening and closing the doors, make any adjustment that are necessary.
It is time for the final touches. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to install doorknobs and your lock.
If you are looking for a great focal point to brighten up a room, you should definitely consider installing French doors. They are a classic that will never go out of style, and they are a really great option if you like to bring the feel of the outdoors into your home. Although it is such a big change to your room and home, you can install them yourself if you choose. It will just take a weekend to transform your home with some gorgeous French doors.