If you want to install a new exterior door and you don’t want to hire a professional to do it for you, then you should consider learning how to install an exterior door. Luckily, you have Barrie Windows and Doors back and after reading this article, you will have the necessary knowledge required to DIY exterior door installation.
Installing your exterior doors is a time-consuming process and therefore you should be ready to spend time on it. However, it is a worthy undertaking and if executed correctly, your exterior doors Barrie will look elegant and functional.
1. Tools Needed
- Pry bar
- Caulk gun
- Utility knife
- Reciprocating saw
- 2-ft and 4-ft. levels
- Tape measure
- Miter saw
- Nail set
2. Materials Needed
- 4d finish nails
- 6d finish nails
- 10d finish nails
- 16d galvanizing nails
- 10d galvanizing nails
- Minimal expanding foam
- Treated lumber
- Roll of flexible self-sticking flashing membrane
- Backer rod
- 3-in. deck screws
- Polyurethane caulk
Step 1: Take Measurements For The Old Exterior Door
The first thing everyone should master in how to install an exterior door is taking measurements. In most cases, the new Barrie doors are always the same size as the old windows. However, if it is different, you will have to take the measurements for the existing frame and the new windows and know what modifications should be done.
Step 2: Remove The Existing Door
Loosen the hinge pins using a hammer and then swing your door and remove it. Before all that, spread a dropcloth on the floor to collect debris that come from the frame.
Step 3: Loosen The Existing Trim
Loosen the old trim form the door frame. If you want to use it again, use a utility knife to avoid damaging it.
Step 4: Remove The Exterior Trim
Locate the caulk joint and use a pry back to disengage the exterior trim from the door jamb.
Step 5: Get Rid Of The Jambs
Cut the side jamb using a handsaw and when they are loose, pull them out.
Step 6: Prep And Install The Sill
Now that you have removed the door frame, inspect the framing. If there are wooden wood on the frame, cut it out and replace it. Sometimes you may have a sill in your new Barrie windows that is thinner compared to the one you have removed. In this case, you should prep the sill area. But always make sure the sill area is flat. You can check that by use of a level and plumb.
Set the correct height of the sill so that the door reaches the right height at the bottom and it can swing inwards and outwards freely.
Step 7: Install Flashing Tape
It is essential to install a flashing tape since it safeguards the sill from water penetration. You can get a flashing tape from lumber yards.
However, if you are installing your Barrie windows in a new wall, you can consider using a plastic sill. Use the flashing tape to cover the rough sill and also the sides of the opening. Do this while the door is open and close it to see if it fits well.
Step 8: Apply Caulk
Ensure that the paper is well-placed around the edges of your door frame. When you are certain it will fit, apply your caulk along the sill and try to open the door slowly. Apply polyurethane on the top and along the sides of your exterior door sill and the opening.
Step 9: Shim The Hinge-Side Jamb
This ought to be done behind hinge. If there are big spaces use small square pieces of plywood and complete it with shims. As you do this, make sure the hinge-side jamb stays intact.
Step 10: Replace The Screws
Don’t re-use the old crews. Replace then with three-inch screws for better results. Add casing nails after every 16 inches along the top and sides of the exterior door trim.