How to Install Storm Entry Doors
Modern storm entry doors are designed to be much easier to install than doors of years past. Most come with detailed installation instructions. Before you begin, carefully measure to determine the size of storm entry doors you need, and make sure you have the appropriate tools on hand.
Many manufacturers make storm entry doors that match the existing entry doors on your home. So if you want the same aesthetics you now have, check with your door manufacturer to determine whether matching storm doors are available.
Storm Entry Doors: Basic Installation
Start by inserting the door into the storm door frame. Many storm doors will come already assembled this way, ready to be hung, but some need assembly. Carefully follow the accompanying instructions, even if you've installed storm entry doors in the past. Each model could require slightly different installation techniques, and one mistake at the start can cause problems later.
Set the frame into the opening. Ask a helper to hold the door steady while you drive the nails through the pre-drilled holes, securing the frame to the opening. Don't drive the nails all the way through the door until you're sure it opens and closes properly. After careful testing, drive the nails the rest of the way or use screws for a more secure fit.
Add the sweep to the bottom of the door, if needed. Then turn your attention to the hardware and door closer. The closer will have specific assembly instructions; follow those. Take care with these parts, as drilling holes in the wrong place can cause unsightly marring of your otherwise perfect door. Most manufacturers offer a template that makes this easier, and you can always call the customer service line for troubleshooting help if necessary.