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How to install a sliding screen door at your home

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Installing a sliding screen door onto your existing sliding doors, usually around the patio or porch, allows you to enjoy the view outside without having to worry about bugs attacking your home. Screen doors are especially helpful during hot summers when you may want to try and invite some cool breeze into your home but need to keep any insects and pests out.

Installing a sliding screen door can be relatively easily be done by yourself, although you are welcome to call in professionals if you don’t feel confident about your skills. In this guide, we will try and show you how to do it step by step.

Choose the right size

The first thing you should do is measure your sliding door and determine what size it is. The height of both doors should be the same, although rest assured that most screen doors come with a few inches leeway to fit many sizes. For the width, divide the width of the doorframe overall in half and around half an inch to find out what width your sliding screen door should have. Then, just purchase the sliding screen door of the right dimensions accordingly.

Determine the right position

After you purchase your door, take a moment to read through the manual and put aside any attachments (like screws, etc.), you will use them later. The sliding screen door has to be positioned the same way as your patio door, meaning the handles of both doors have to be on the same side.

Remove the bug sweep

Peel away the black stripping, called a bug sweep or weather stripping, from the outside edge of the wall. Set it aside so that you can reinstall it after. It will prevent bugs from getting into your room.

Loosen the expander and put the sliding screen door in

The screws for loosening the sliding screen door’s expander are usually found at the top or bottom. Loosening them makes it easier to attach the door onto the sliding frame. Now just put your new sliding door into the doorframe and slide it all the way to the sides to make sure it slides smoothly.

Adjust the expanders

Now you have to tighten the expanders to their previous position to make sure the sliding screen door is steadily attached to the doorframe. Again, check if the new door slides smoothly all the way. If your door came with plastic clips to plug the expanders, attach them also to minimize the amount of moisture that gets into the doorframe.

Reattach the bug sweep

The last step is reattaching the black bug sweep to the sliding screen door on the non-handle side. Trim any excess on the top and bottom and make sure it fits properly.

A sliding screen door isn’t an expensive investment but can immensely help you enjoy the outside from the safety of your own room. You can get most of the standard sizes at home improvement retail stores. A Sliding Screen Door Lowes should have anything you need without costing you a fortune.