I have a door opening of 351/2" wide X 781/2" high. So far I cannot
find an off-the-shelf storm door that fits this size opening.
Some storm door manufacturer's brochures state that their standard
storm doors can be ordered in custom sizes. If you've had this done,
how much did it cost you, or how much % or $ over the same door in a
Thanks in advance for any ideas on this.
A standard 36" storm door & frame should fit your opening. The actual
width is narrower and the length is longer to accomodate variations
like yours. For length you trim the frame to correct size & adjust
the door's bottom plate. For width, you center and the wide lips of
the frame will cover any variation.
I needed three custom sized doors. And I mean odd sized. We went to HD,
and they said they could not make some of the doors we wanted with
sidelites. A glass place said it is impossible to make a glass shower door
that swings both ways. A couple of the other doors were available at HD,
but when we priced them at a local shop, they were about half.
They came out and helped with the install of a couple of the doors, and the
glass shower door took a total of three trips at 40 miles each round trip.
No extra charge because the guy measured it wrong. He wouldn't even take a
tip. The screen for over the sidelite was not ready when they delivered the
doors. Two days later the guy brought it and installed it at no charge and
wouldn't take a tip.
Moral of the story, we got custom doors, regular doors, and a door that
couldn't be made at about half what the HD people wanted. And I would not
even mess with the Internet or anywhere but a local shop.
It's free. Go to every shop, and see what they can do. On one door, they
suggested an alternative that worked beautifully, was less, and was
something that we would have never thought of. In this economy, people are
hungry, and will go the extra yard. Just try to pick a known business
that's been there a while. Then shop for price.
I think you may be surprised. We were, and the doors are good looking and
Even you can order one from HD. Not much extra cot. Just waiting time.
Here where I live the plant making doors is very closby. They take
custom orders. With the economy the way it is most are not that picky.
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