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Installing French Patio Doors

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]Any point of entry into your home should have 4 major qualities: beauty, functionality, energy efficiency, and security. Patio doors in particular can add a lot of value and beauty to your home, but to insure that they are functional, energy efficient, and secure, installing French patio doors the correct way is absolutely crucial. Professional installers can make installing a patio door look easy, but there are several important steps to follow.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement="middle" column_margin="default" text_align="left" css=".vc_custom_1516612237330{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;border-left-color: #f36500 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f36500 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f36500 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f36500 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}"][vc_column_inner column_padding="padding-4-percent" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_shadow="none" column_border_radius="none" width="1/1" column_border_width="none" column_border_style="solid"][image_with_animation image_url="16789" alignment="center" animation="Fade In" border_radius="none" box_shadow="none" max_width="100%"][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" column_margin="default" text_align="left"][vc_column_inner column_padding="no-extra-padding" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_shadow="none" column_border_radius="none" width="1/1" column_border_width="none" column_border_color="#9b9b9b" column_border_style="dashed"][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]

PREPARATION

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]First things first, before removing the old door, it’s very wise to make sure that the new door that has been ordered is going to properly fit the opening. That way, in the rare cases that you discover the new door needs to be adjusted further before installation, you won’t have a gaping hole in your house or ugly boards covering it. Once they’ve verified that the new door is a perfect fit, the installers will prep the area for removal of the old door.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="10"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

REMOVING THE OLD DOOR

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]The removal process varies depending on the door. With a French patio door, the doors will be removed from the hinges first, and then the frame and all trim will be removed from the wall. With a sliding patio door, the panels will be removed from the track first, and then the metal frame will be collapsed inward.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]Once the whole door has been removed, they will inspect for any damage in the sub-sill, in the studs, or in the header.  After any necessary modifications are made to the opening, the new door can go in.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner content_placement="middle" column_margin="default" text_align="left" css=".vc_custom_1516612237330{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;border-left-color: #f36500 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #f36500 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #f36500 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #f36500 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 2px !important;}"][vc_column_inner column_padding="padding-4-percent" column_padding_position="all" background_color_opacity="1" background_hover_color_opacity="1" column_shadow="none" column_border_radius="none" width="1/1" column_border_width="none" column_border_style="solid"][image_with_animation image_url="16790" alignment="center" animation="Fade In" border_radius="none" box_shadow="none" max_width="100%"][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]

INSTALLING THE NEW FRAME

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]A hinged patio door is pre-hung, meaning the door comes in a frame.   To install a hinged door, they remove the doors from the hinges and tack the nail frame to studs. Then the door panel is put back into the frame, and the doorframe has to be plumbed and squared. Spacing, also referred to as “reveals,” between the door panel and frame or jamb is checked to make sure the reveals are consistent around side and top. This process is very important for the door to operate correctly.   To make the door fit right and be level and square, the installers use shims.  Shims are thin pieces of wood that can be wedged into tiny openings between the door frame and the opening to make sure the door is in the proper position and secure.  Doors that aren’t level will stop closing properly over time, making your home less secure. After shims are installed, 2 1/2″-3 1/2″ tapered screws are put in place.  The installers use one in each hinge and three in the strike or lock side of the frame behind the weather stripping.  Also, 3″ screws are driven through the deadbolt plate for added security.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]A gliding patio door, in contrast, will have the frames assembled on site.  After the frames are plumbed and squared and shimmed in the same way hinged doors would be, the sliding door panels are set in place in the track.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]

TRIM AND HARDWARE

[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="No Line" custom_height="20"][vc_column_text]The final phase involves installing the new trim and hardware.  After the interior and exterior trim is in place, the installers will check the door once again for proper operation.  Finally, your selection of door hardware (the knobs, levers, or door pulls) are installed and tested for functionality. The very last step is to seal all the edges of the trim to perfection with caulk.  When the installation is complete and the old door is taken away for disposal, the project manager will get together with you to show you how the new door operates and check to see if you have any questions or concerns. Their goal is to leave you more than satisfied with your beautiful new patio door.

As you can see, complete and proper installation of a patio door is both critical and complicated. Because of all the details that must be correct for the door to function properly and the warranty requirements to be met, our recommendation is always to use a contractor with a professional installation team who is well-trained on proper methods, and who also installs patio doors on very regular and almost exclusive basis. This is the precise reason that our window and patio door installation crews at Southwest Exteriors focus exclusively on windows and patio doors. We are confident in their ability to complete the project with both ease and excellence, because they do it every single day.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type="Full Width Line" line_thickness="1" divider_color="default"][vc_column_text]If you have any other questions or comments about installing French patio doors feel free to contact us directly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]