Installing A Screen Door: Important Dos And Don'ts

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Installing a screen door at your home is a great way to add an extra layer of security while also adding a bit of aesthetic appeal to your home. Plus, on a beautiful day, a screen door allows you to let a breeze blow through your home without letting in any unwanted critters in the process. Fortunately, screen door installation doesn't require the help of a professional so long as you know what you're doing and work carefully.

DO Start With a Test

Before you even think about installing your door, make sure you've chosen one that's going to fit. Even if you've taken careful measurements and followed them to a T when you first bought your screen door, there's always a chance that a measurement could have been off. Save yourself future frustration by lining the screen door up with the door frame before you attempt to install it. Make sure it will open and close smoothly without obstructions.

DON'T Measure Incorrectly

Speaking of measurements, make sure you're taking yours correctly. This may seem simple enough, but you'd be surprised at the kinds of mistakes that are common--especially when it comes to measuring a door frame. When measuring a door frame for your screen door, always measure from the inside of the door frame on one side to the inside of the frame on the opposite side. Measure at the top, in the middle, and at the bottom of to door, and buy a screen door that's the right size for your largest measurement. After all, door frames can warp slightly over time.

DO Level Throughout

As you're working on installing your screen door, always keep a level handy. Check frequently to ensure that your door is perfectly level along the way. Doing so will save you the frustration of getting your door installed, only to find it won't close all the way because it's not level.

DON'T Ignore the Safety Chain

Finally, remember that many screen doors come with a safety chain that you can install. The purpose of this chain is to prevent the door from over-extending when opened, which could otherwise lead to a cracked or damaged door frame. It will only take you a few extra minutes to install that safety chain and doing so could save you the hassle and expense of having to replace a damaged door frame down the road, so it's worth doing.

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