How To Measure For A Replacement Door

How To Measure For A Replacement Door

Note: Door measurements should always read width by height.

• Take a picture of the door and print it out, or draw a rough diagram from the exterior view. Appropriately indicate the hinges and handle/knob and you will know which way it hangs.
• Label it a right- or left-hand door and in-swing or out-swing just to be safe.
• Use the printed diagram to write the appropriate measurements – Now you can take a measurement of the width, height, and thickness, or edge, of the door. Make sure you do not include any other features, like weather stripping or the door sweep. ONLY measure the door slab. Write down the exact measurements and, in parentheses, round them up to the nearest inch.
• Measure the width of the door jamb. Again, do not measure any of the trim materials. When you face the jamb, you will take the measurement from the back of the interior trim piece to the back of the exterior trim piece.
• To be on the safe side, it’s worth measuring the height and width of the framed door space – not including any trim materials.
• Now you’re an expert in how to measure a door for replacement. Your accurate measuring techniques will help you and the customer service representative to choose a door that will fit perfectly the first time you install it.

Care & Maintenance Of Your New Steel Entry Door

Care & Maintenance Of Your New Steel Entry Door

The front door is the first thing that draws the viewer’s attention from the curb, so it only makes sense to keep it looking as pristine as possible. If your home has a steel entry door, keeping it clean has never been easier. 


• Steel doors generally do not require special cleaning products. In fact, all you need to clean your steel entry door is water and diluted dish soap. A soft brush with a telescoping handle will let you reach all the way to the top of the door, then use a garden hose to rinse it clean. You can use any type of dish soap to clean your front door; we recommend using plant-friendly products if the runoff will reach plants in your yard. 


• Pressure washers are great for cleaning the driveway and other outdoor surfaces, we strongly recommend against using it on your steel door, even at its lowest settings. Most steel doors have nonporous surfaces, which means if you must remove stubborn stains on your steel door, all you need is a 1:1 water and white vinegar solution. Dip a clean cloth on the solution, dab it on the stain, leave it for a few minutes, then scrub with a sponge or soft cloth. 


• Factory-applied coatings protect steel doors against corrosion. Certain conditions may cause damage to this protective layer: impact from windborne debris may cause dings or chips, or excessive heat may cause cracks or blisters. When cleaning your entry door, take care not to force moisture into gaps or cracks to prevent further damage. 


• Weatherstripping seals the gap between frame and door sash and helps prevent air leaks. When cleaning your steel entry door, make it a point to inspect the weatherstripping, and look for cracks or missing sections. Replacement kits can be purchased from most hardware stores, or you can hire an entry door contractor and have it replaced for you. 


• It is important to lubricate locks used in front doors. Special attention is required for locks on the doors in cottages and country houses used at times. Experts recommend using a lubricant aerosol spray: it is more economical and convenient. Apply them periodically, several times a year. Always read the instructions on the label. Consult the supplier of the lock before self-lubricating the latch mechanism. Some manufacturers forbid lubricating locks of premium grades. Always look for such information on the packaging to avoid damage. 

• How to lubricate the door hinges? Slightly lift the door leaf using a special pinch bar. Apply the lubricant to the hinge pin or the hinge itself. Ask a strong tough friend to lift the door if you have no pinch bar. Do not lubricate every inch of the hinge; one dab is quite enough. In the process of normal usage, the lubricant will spread throughout the surface. 

Care & Maintenance Of Your New Windows

Care & Maintenance Of Your New Windows

• Although vinyl windows are virtually maintenance-free, a minimal amount of maintenance and cleaning is required to keep them looking fresh and new. 

• Vinyl and glass surfaces should be cleaned using a mild detergent then rinsed with clean water and wiped dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any type of harsh or abrasive cleaning substances or abrasive pads and do not use a pressure washer ever to clean windows or doors. 

• To clean screens, simply remove them, hose them off with water and leave them to air dry. Do not use a pressure washer or any cleaning solvents on screens. 

• Drainage channels and sweep holes must be kept clear of dirt, bugs, snow and ice to allow for proper drainage to the outside. 

• Operating hardware generally requires no maintenance or lubrication, but in rare cases or conditions, lubrication may be required. A light silicone lubricant is recommended. Occasionally hardware may fail if it been damaged. In this case, contact your local window dealer for replacement parts. 

How To Measure for Replacement Windows

How To Measure for Replacement Windows

Note: It is important to understand which measurements to take. Read the following instructions and have a tape measure handy to learn how to measure a window for any purpose. Remember your measurements should always read width by height. 

• Measure the width at three points. 

Use a tape measure to measure the width of the window opening at the base, middle, and top. Write down the smallest of these measurements as the width. Be sure to measure from the surface of the jambs or frame, not from the short extensions that hold the window in place. 

• Account for the lining around the window if present. 

Your window may be surrounded by a plastic jamb liner that slots around its vertical sides. This will be removed before the replacement window is installed, so measure its width and add it to the width of the window opening. If you cannot access the liner’s width to measure, make note to discuss this when you visit your local window dealer. 

• Measure the height at three points. 

From the window sill surface closest to the window itself, measure the height to the top of the window opening. Do this at the left, center, and right edges, and write down the smallest measurement as the height. 

• Measure the depth of the window. 

Measure the depth between the two stops that extend in front of the window frame. Try to measure at the shortest point, but it is not vital that you measure in three places as you did the width and height. 

• Check whether the window opening is rectangular. 

Measure the window opening from the top left corner to the bottom right corner and write it down. Measure the distance from the opposite corners (top right to bottom left) and compare with the first measurement. If these lengths are not equal, your window opening is not square or rectangular. In this scenario, you or your contractor may need to use shims to level up the window properly. 

• Be clear about where you measured when ordering windows. 

Some manufacturers of replacement windows, storm windows, or exterior shutters may request that you order items slightly narrower than the size of your opening to make sure they fit. You may follow that manufacturer’s instructions to reduce the size by the appropriate amount or give them the exact dimensions of your window opening. The important point to remember is to be absolutely clear which method you are using, since if both you and the manufacturer narrow the window size, it may not fit at all.