How to Install Double Entry Doors
Double entry doors add value and function to a home. They can increase the value, improve the exterior and interior appearances, and make it easier to move furniture and large items in and out of the house. Installing double entry doors can be tricky, so plan accordingly.
Before Installing Double Entry Doors
Measure the height and width of the area where the doors will go. If you want sidelights or a transom, include these in your measurements. Once you're done, you can buy your doors. Just get these following tools ready:
- Finish nails
- Deck screws
- Power drill with bits
- Screw driver
A general DIY knowledge will help as well.
Installing Your New Double Entry Doors
Remove the existing doors, if any. The new door will have to be framed in by two horizontal boards that are cut the width of the opening- one above and one below the door. This creates your door sill where you will now level and plumb the door frame.
This is more difficult with double entry doors than with single-panel doorframes. Errors in hanging double entry doors affect a larger system and can manifest in nagging ways in the future.
If the door is already hung in the frame, simply nail the frame into place. Be sure during the process that the frame stays level. Hang the first door by aligning all the hinges and inserting the swivel bolt into the top hinge first, working your way down.
The Final Test
Now that the frame and doors are in place, test it. Open and close both double entry doors several times. If your door sticks or won't shut, you may need to adjust the frame.
Be sure to contact a licensed contractor if you get stumped. Use your resources in the right way and get the most out of installing your double entry doors.