how to measure a patio door

How To Make Rustic Doors
Tools Needed
1 Tape Measure
2 Pry Bar (wide and flat)
3 Utility Knife
Materials Needed
1 Pencil
2 Paper
Total Cost
$25-$50
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Estimated Time
30-45 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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How To Make Rustic Doors

When looking for a new patio door it is important to make sure that you get the correct measurements so that it will fit appropriately. If the measurements are off by just a little you could find yourself with a door that you can't use. This means just fraction of an inch can cause a problem. Luckily, it is not a difficult process to get the measurements for your patio door on your own. You just need a few tools and a little time. As long as you have both of these you are good to go.

Measuring must be done before ordering a new patio door but you can go ahead and be thinking about the type of door you would like while you wait. The measurements will just help you to pick the right size door. Once you have the right tools you will just need to follow the steps to get the measurement that you need for your new patio door.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Remove The Trim

Before you can get the correct patio door measurements you need to remove the trim. To do this you will need the utility knife and the pry bar. You will be working on the inside for this step. First, take the utility knife and run it between the trim and the wall to remove any caulking that may be present. When you are finished, use the pry bar to remove the trim. You should remove the trim at the top and both sides.

If you break a piece while you are taking the molding off don't worry. Most of the time when molding is broken it is broken is a way that it can be glued back together. .You will simply need to get a bit of wood glue and glue the piece back together. If after it is glued you see imperfections you can paint over them to hide the break. Chances are that no one will ever even notice that you broke it to start with. If this should happen to you, fix the piece, set it to the side, and continue on to get your measurements.

2

Measure The Rough Opening Height

For this step, you need to go outside of your home. This will keep you from having to remove the door completely in order to get the measurements that you need. Now, just place your tape measure at the bottom, beneath the threshold nose, and measure up to the bottom of the head jam. Once you have this measurement written down you can go inside to measure again. This time get the measurement from head jamb bottom to the bottom of the header for the rough opening, write it down. When you add both of these measurements together you will get the height of the rough opening. When measuring it is best that you check the height at the center as well as both sides. You will want to use the smallest measurements of the three that you get.

3

Measure The Rough Opening Width

For the width, you will measure inside where you removed the trim. Measure in three different areas here as well. Take your measurements from the bottom, the top edges, and as well as in the center. Write each measurement down and again, use the smallest measurement.

4

Jamb Depth

Next, you need to measure the jamb depth. Simply hold the measuring tape up to the current jamb and write down the measurement along with the others you have taken. Now, you should have all the measurements that you need.

5

Determine Inswing

If you have french doors you need to determine the inswing. To figure this out simply look at your current door when you open it. If the right door opens then it is right handed inswing if the left door opens then the doors are left handed inswing. If you have sliding doors then you can skip this and continue on to the next step. You don't need any additional information.

6

Replace The Trim

If you are going to be getting your new doors right away then you can leave the trim off if you would like. Otherwise, you can go ahead and put the trim back up. This process does not take long. However, you will need a caulk gun and caulk if it is going to be a while before you get the new doors. Put the trim up and caulk around the edges where you first used the utility knife to remove the molding.

Conclusion

That's it. Now you need to take the measurements that you have and get the new doors that you are looking for. Remember that doors come in standard sizes and you need the size of your rough opening which is what you just did. The standard door size that you select can't be any larger than the smallest of the dimensions that you came up with while measuring for your patio door.

How To Measure A Patio Door

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Questions And Answers

What is the best material for sliding glass doors?

One of the most popular door materials used is aluminum. This material is resistant to both the outdoor elements and insects. Aluminum is able to handle the weight that comes with sliding glass doors and still allow them to function properly years down the road.

Do all patio doors slide open?

No, all patio doors do not slide open. There are many types of patio doors from double doors to single hinged doors, bi-fold doors, French doors, and then, of course, there are sliding doors as you mentioned. Each door offers you something slightly different while all serving as an entry.

What is the best color for a patio door?

There is no "best" color. You will want to find a color that suits your style. You also want to take into consideration the exterior of your home. Ideally, you would want the color that you choose for the door to compliment the rest of the home.

What is the difference between a French door and a patio door?

There are a few differences between these two doors. The main one is the way the doors open. French doors swing out most of the time. Patio doors have a track they slide along and open sideways.

How big are standard patio doors?

The size of patio doors does vary based on different factors. However, the average patio doors are around 6 ft. and 8 in. in height. The width depends on whether there are 2 or 3 panels.

What are the different kinds of patio doors?

There are a few different types of patio doors. The main ones include the swinging doors, bi-fold patio doors and the sliding glass patio doors as well.

How expensive are patio doors?

Most patio doors are on the higher-end. They generally run from around $1,500 to $4,000. However, these doors are higher quality and more durable than many other doors, so most believe the price is worth it.

Can you get patio doors in any color you want?

There are many colors you can get patio doors in. When you get a patio door, the wood of the door or the metal can be stained.

Are there different patio door styles?

You can get different styles of patio doors. Some of these doors are fancier than others. You can get a basic look in the patio doors too.

Can you get French patio doors?

Yes. You can get French patio doors. These are more elegant than the average patio door. They are a bit pricier too, but you can get them.

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