Im looking to add a storm door to the front of the house. Ive got good
skills and was wondering how hard it actually is to install one.
Not too much on the net about this as I have searched.
Comments anyone? Good quality doors? (lowes, HD?).
Thanks in advance.
You need first to find out whether the doorway has
standard dimensions (i.e. will fit a storm door bought
off the rack.) Homeowners' manuals in your public
library will tell you how to fit a standard-sized door.
Non-standard sizes require prior experience.
We have a combination - 1/2 screen for the summer. A glass goes in its
place for the winter.
We have a small porch so it is not exposed to snow or rain.
Our neighbors have a solid glass door that goes over their front door.
None of them have a screen for the summer.
If you are handy you could do this yourself.
Hub is not handy so we had ours installed by a merchant that sells them
and installs it.
I've done it too, with three doors. I've used the 'Forever' brand doors and
had no problem. If there is a problem, they have actual telephone support,
and will even replace parts you might muck up during installation. Install
the frame top and sides, hang the door, then install the handles and locks,
weather seal, and the pistons. There's a bit of fooling around to get it to
close the way you like. Last, there's some plastic trim to conceal the
screws. For a fat-hand like me, that's the hardest part.
Most are easy to install unless you have unusual circumstances. Lowes
carries (among others) Larson storm doors which are excellent quality and
come in a variety of styles and pricesw. The most common standard sizes
are 36" and 32", but it's not impossible to find 30".
We had one of the Larson Williamsburg model which was a truly beautiful and
extremely well made door. We had it for 8 years when we sold the house and
it still looked like new.
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