If you’re looking for a door that offers more security, energy efficiency, and curb appeal, a steel door is a great option. Here’s how to replace your old door with a new steel one.
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Order the replacement door.
Choose the replacement door that will fit into the current frame. If the frame is damaged, you will need to order a new one as well. Make sure to measure the door properly so that it will fit perfectly and look aesthetically pleasing. Order your replacement steel door from a trusted hardware store or home improvement retailer.
If the replacement door is the same size as the old one, you can use the old door’s trim. If not, you’ll need to order new trim.
Removing an old door and installing a new one is a rather simple home improvement project. But, if you’ve never done it before, the task might seem a bit daunting. This guide will walk you through the process so that you can replace your steel door like a pro.
Before you get started, you’ll need to gather a few tools and materials. You’ll need a saw (preferably a circular saw), a drill, screwdriver, level, tape measure, hammer, chisel, and putty knife. You’ll also need shims, replacement screws, replacement hinges (if necessary), and caulk.
Once you have all of your materials gathered, the first step is to remove the old door. Start by unscrewing the hinges from the door frame and then removing the door itself. Next, using your saw, remove the trim from around the door opening. Be careful not to damage the wall surface as you remove the trim. With the trim removed, you should now be able to see the rough opening around the former location of your door.
Now it’s time to install your new door. Before you do so, however, take some time to measure both the rough opening and the new door itself. This will ensure that your new door is properly sized for its opening. Once you’re confident that everything is properly sized, it’s time to install your new hinges into the rough opening. Be sure to use shims beneath the hinges in order to ensure that they are level with one another when installed.
With your hinges in place, it’s time to install your new door into them. Starting at the top of the door, insert it into place and then slowly lower it until it rests on top of its shims at the bottom of the opening. With your replacement door in place, screw it into place using screws that are long enough to reach into both the frame and studs beyond it for added stability (typically 3-inches). At this point feel free to re-install any surrounding trim pieces using finishing nails or screws as needed before caulking any gaps between the trim and wall surface as well as between t he bottom of t he replacement d oor a nd t he f looring b elow i t .
Remove the old door.
1.Using a drill, remove the screws that hold the hinge plates to the door frame. If your door is equipped with security plates over the hinges, use a power screwdriver to remove the screws. Be careful not to damage the surrounding woodwork as you remove the screws.
2. Have a helper hold the door in place as you remove the final screws.
3. Carefully lower the door and set it aside in a safe place.
4. Using a putty knife, scrape off any old paint or sealant around the door opening. If necessary, use a hand sander to smooth out any rough spots on the frame.
5. Vacuum up any dust and debris before proceeding to the next step
Install the new door.
1.Install the new door.
2. If your new door is the same size as your old one, you can reuse the door jamb.
3. If the new door is a different size, or you are unsure how to proceed, consult a professional.
4. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the door.
5.Install weatherstripping around the door to help seal it against weather and drafts.
Install the new trim, if necessary.
If your new door does not come with trim, you will need to install it. Start by attaching the bottom piece of trim to the door using screws. Then, attach the side pieces of trim. Finally, attach the top piece of trim.
Finish up by caulking and painting the new door and trim.
To complete the project, caulk all the joints between the door and framing members, then paint or stain the door and trim to match the rest of the house. If your old door was equipped with an exterior keyed lock, you can install a new one in the same location. Just be sure to fill any old screw holes with wood filler before caulking and painting.