Sliding Screen Door Installation

  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-300
What You'll Need
Sliding screen door
Top and bottom Rollers
Measuring tape
Screw driver

Proper sliding screen door installation is important. It should be known by homeowners as well as tenants to safeguard themselves and their loved ones from insects that bring various infections and diseases, many of which are even life-threatening. Comfort, safety and health consciousness make sliding screen doors increasingly popular. Basically, the doors are sliders running parallel to your existing sliding glass doors. They are composed of steel frames and panels of woven screen mesh that keeps insects and mosquitoes out. There are several densities of screen available. Generally, the more protective a screen is against tiny insects, the denser the screen mesh will be. It is important to note that a denser screen mesh will also block your view and wind movement more than a more widely spaced screen mesh.

Step 1– Location of the Door

The first thing to consider, in case there are multiple placement options, is to choose where you want to place the door. You should consider how much sunlight you want to enter your home as well as home security. Air circulation must also be considered; you may want to install sliding screen doors to create cross ventilation. One main thing to be kept in mind is that sliding screen doors will be installed along with your sliding glass doors, and not separately.

Step 2- Measurement

Measure the outlet where you want to install the screen door, so that you can choose the appropriate sized door. Be sure to measure your existing sliders as well. This is good information to have when ordering your screen slider; it will inform the personnel receiving your order whether your door is a standard or custom size.

Step 3 – Door Selection

After getting the measurements, the next step is to visit hardware stores for selecting the door for your home. Explain your requirements to hardware store personnel since they may be able to direct you to products that can best suit your needs; e.g. denser screen to eliminate “no-see-‘ems”. Take an ample amount of time going through all the literature regarding the various options present there. Important considerations include frame heaviness and color, density of screen and pet-door options.

Step 4 – Placement

Once you have purchased the sliding screen door, it’s time for the placement. Take the door, holding it from both sides, keeping the top parallel to the glass door. The top wheels of the screen door need to be placed on the outer track of the frame.

Push the door up while holding the top rollers against the upper track. This will allow for room to place the lower wheels on the other half of the track.

Step 5 – Final Adjustment

Once this has been done, adjust the rollers if need be. Adjusting the height too low can make the door fall off the track, and a very high placed door will not slide easily. The modification can be done with the aid of the adjustment screws located wither inside the vertical frame, or over the wheel. Clockwise turns will push the wheel downwards and raise the door, while counter-clockwise will lower the door.

So there you have it, a step by step guide for sliding screen door installation. For the best utility, choose a high quality door that is compatible with your existing screen door. This will help you achieve the your intended goals of safety, insect prevention, and ventilation.