how to install a wooden screen door

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Tools Needed
1 Tape Measure
2 Screwdriver
3 Drill
4 Drill Bits
Materials Needed
1 Pencil
2 Paint or Stain
3 Paint Brush
4 Rags
Total Cost
$25-$50
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

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One method to help improve airflow through your home, especially on temperate spring or fall days, is to leave your doors open. But, most people want to keep a barrier between the outside world and the interior of their home, especially if they have small children or pets. A screen door can be a perfect solution, helping to let gentle breezes come through while keeping bugs out.

Installing a wooden screen door is actually pretty simple, and most homeowners can manage this project with tools they have on hand. Plus, premade screen doors and hardware kits aren’t particularly expensive, making this a cost-effective option to make your home more comfortable.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Measure And Purchase Your Door

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To make sure you purchase a properly size door, you want to measure the existing exterior door and the associated opening. Record the heights and widths, and take the information with you to help you buy the right door.

Once you have the measurements, you can head to the home improvement store and buy a door and the hardware kit. Often, you’ll want to buy a door that is just slightly smaller than the door frame to allow it to swing comfortably. Often, you’ll have multiple styles to choose from, allowing you to select options that reflect your personal style.

You may see finished and unfinished doors available. Finished doors will be painted or stained, and typically sealed, making them suitable for immediate installation. Unfinished doors may need to be painted or stained and sealed before you put it up.

2

Paint or Stain

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If you choose an unfinished door, you’ll want to paint or stain it, and apply sealant (if necessary), before you hang it. For paint, you’ll want to apply one coat, let it dry, and then add a second coat. Take care to avoid runs and drips with each coat.

For stains and sealants, follow the directions on the package to achieve the desired result.

3

Mark Out the Hinges on Door

up close of a door hinge

Now that the door is ready, you’ll need to identify where the hinges need to be located on the door. Typically, you’ll want the hinges on the screen door to be on the same side of the door opening as the hinges for your exterior door. Determine which side of the door should be located towards the interior.

If you have two hinges in your kit, one will need to be located about 8 inches from the top of the door while the second should be placed about 10 inches from the bottom. If you have three hinges, you’ll place the top and bottom hinges 8 inches from each end and the third hinge in the center.

With the door on a flat surface, use the tape measure to help position the hinges, with the hinge itself pointed towards the exterior of the screen door. Then, using the pencil, mark the screw holes.

4

Drill Door Pilot Holes

person using a powerdrill to pilot holes in the door frame

After the positions of the screws have been marked, you can set the hinges aside. Use a drill with a slim drill bit to create a pilot hole for each screw. Drill to a depth no deeper than the length of the screws included in the kit.

Realign the hinges, with the hinged side pointing towards the exterior of the door, and attach the hinges using the provided screws. You may be able to add the screws using a traditional screwdriver or with a drill, if it proves difficult.

Keep rotating the screws clockwise until they are flush with the door. Repeat the process for each hinge.

5

Prepare the Door Frame

person using a powerdrill to drill pilot holes in the door frame

Once the hinges are attached to the door, you’ll need to mark the locations of the screw holes needed to connect the hinges to the door frame. First, get a ¼ inch thick spacer, such as a spare piece of wood, and use it to prop the bottom of the door while you align the screen door in the opening.

Carefully shift the screen door into the open position, making sure to maintain proper spacing, and mark the screw holes for each hinge. Take the door down and set it aside.

6

Attach the Door

person positioning a door slab in the doorway

Using the same drill bit and depth measurement as before, drill pilot holes for each screw location. After the pilot holes are handled, you can realign the hinges on the door frame. Then, using a screwdriver or drill to add the screws to each hinge.

Now that the door is up, you can add a simple door pull to each side. Place the door handle in the desired location and use a drill to secure it with the included screws. If your kit comes with a tension spring, you should have two hooks and a spring. Attach the hooks based on the manufacturer’s instructions, as the required placement may vary from kit to kit.

Conclusion

At this point, you are ready to enjoy your new wood screen door. Do keep in mind that, if your door doesn’t come with a tension spring, you may want to add a small locking mechanism to keep it in place when your exterior door is open. Otherwise, you’re all set.

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Questions And Answers

Where can you get screen doors?
You can get screen doors from your local hardware store. You can also order all kinds of screen doors from hardware and contractor sites online as well.
Are there different size mesh for screen doors?
There are many different sizes. There will be some standard sizes that you can buy. These are 30, 32, and 36 inches. The standard door height is 80 inches. However, if you can get a custom size if your needed size does not fit into the standard sizes.
Why do we use screen doors?
Screen doors are used for a variety of reasons. They keep insects and pests out. They also allow fresh air to breeze throughout your home. Screen doors allow for a beautiful view outdoors as well.
how do you fix a ripped screen on a screen door?
There are some various ways that you can fix a rip on a screen door. You could patch up the hole or you could replace the entire screen as well.
How do you determine the swing of a screen door?
If the door hinges are placed on the right side, you should get a right swing door. When your door is open, put your back facing the jamb. Is the doorknob near your left hand? If so, it is a left swing door and vice versa.
How do you clean the mesh on a screen door?
First, use a hose to wet the screen. Then, use a soft cloth dipped in a cleaning solution of your choice. Now, wipe down screens on each side until all the grime and dirt has been removed. Be sure that you are gentle as to not damage the screen.
What is the best material for a screen door?
Screen fabrics today take on a new role in allowing for minimization of UV fading and heat gain. The most common materials used today are vinyl and aluminum-coated fiberglass. The vinyl coating, however, outsells the aluminum by as much as three to one, due to it being half the cost.
How do you measure a screen door?
To measure a screen door, you start by measuring the existing width of your door. Then, measure the existing height of the door. After that, measure the door’s flat molding on both sides and on top of the door.
Do screen doors come already assembled?
This would vary based on where you get your screen door and how much you are paying for it. However, yes, there are some pre-hung screen doors that you can get.
What is the average cost of screen doors?
The average cost of a screen door varies widely. They generally range from around $50 and go up to $200. However, this could be more or less depending on the brand and style.
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