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A  Guide to Replacing Front and Storm Doors

Front and storm doors are essential in increasing curb appeal while protecting it from the elements. Over time, however, these doors may become worn or outdated, and a worthy home improvement project should they become worn or outdated. 

Front storm door replacement not only improves aesthetics but also increases energy efficiency and security, so here we provide you with all the steps required for successfully replacing front and storm doors by giving your home an updated, attractive appearance while still providing protection and insulation from elements!

Before embarking on your replacement journey, gather all the tools and materials to ensure a seamless installation process. The following items will be needed:

Tools needed include:

  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife
  • Circular saw or jigsaw
  • Level
  • Pry bar
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses and gloves

Materials:

  • New front and storm doors
  • Door frame (if required)
  • Shims
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Insulation
  • Caulk

Step 1: 

Remove Existing Doors

To start this project, begin by taking steps to disassemble existing front and storm doors using a screwdriver to detach them from their hinges, placing them aside to be set aside later. Next, carefully detach any trim or molding around the door frame using a pry bar to avoid damaging it.

Step 2: 

Measure and Prepare the Opening

Once the old door has been removed, measure its height and width to ascertain what size of doors are needed. Measure diagonally from corner to corner diagonally – all measurements should equal. If not, shims may need to be added or subtracted from its corners until your frame becomes square again.

Step 3: 

Install the New Door Frame

If your door frame has become damaged or you want a change in style, install a new one now. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembly and installation so it remains level and square.

Step 4: 

Install Your New Doors 

Carefully position and attach the new front door into its frame with hinges, checking alignment and smooth operation before attaching the storm door (if applicable) according to manufacturer guidelines.

Step 5: 

Insulate and Seal

Adding insulation around the edges of the door frame is a good idea to increase energy efficiency. Outside the door frame, caulk the perimeter where it meets the wall. By doing this, you will be able to prevent drafts and moisture from entering your home.

Step 6: 

Assess and Adjust

Before declaring your project complete, test out your new doors thoroughly. Make sure they open and close smoothly while also locking securely, and make any necessary adjustments to hinges, latches, and handles as required.

Bottom Line

By following these steps and taking your time to ensure everything is in line and sealed securely, you can successfully replace both front and storm doors in your home. It will look more inviting and appealing; energy efficiency and security improvements will also come your way, making this home improvement project worthwhile.

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