The best screen door to install on a mobile home should be a screen door, storm door combination. You can change out the screen and storm windows as the season changes. Most mobile home doors are a standard size for a mobile home; however, they are a different size than a permanent structure standard screen door. They are not generally as readily available for purchase as a standard screen door may be. Whether you are installing one for the first time or replacing a damaged door, you need to take a few extra steps when installing a screen door on a mobile home.
Step 1 – Measure
Using the tape measure, measure the height and width of the door area where you wish to install a screen door. If you are replacing a screen door, measure the door itself. If it was not a standard fit and required adjustments originally, you may find one that fits without any adjustment this time. Note if the door opens to the right or left, this is important when purchasing the new door
Step 2 – Decided on a Screen Door
Mobile home screen doors are made specifically from a light weight material. You do have many choices, as far as design and color. Real or simulated wood grain doors are even available. If your mobile home is in a community check with the association for acceptable exterior designs before purchasing your screen door. You will need to go to a store specializing in mobile home parts and accessories. Most hardware stores will not carry the screen door you need.
Step 3 – Remove the Existing Screen Door
If you are replacing a screen door remove it and keep all the existing hardware.
Step 4 – Prepare the Door Frame
Remove any putty left in or around the door frame. Place new putty tape on the flanges.
Step 5 – Attach the Screen Door
Carefully align the new screen door, using the top of the frame as the level guide. While holding the screen door level, use the appropriate screw driver to screw in the hinges. Take care not to use any previously drilled holes. Use a level to insure the door does not get caught on the threshold when opening or closing.
Step 6 - Attach Handle and Return Chain
Once you are satisfied the screen door will open and close without interruption you can install the handle from the inside with the door closed line up the door latch on the jamb and attach with the screws provided. Install the closer to the jamb also, along with the chain. The chain should be attached as an extra precaution to prevent the screen door from opening too wide by a gust of wind or just a small child’s enthusiasm.