How To Install A Screen Door Hardware Kit

Whether you’ve just purchased or built a new screen door, or perhaps it’s just time for an upgrade to the screen door hardware, installing a hardware kit to your door can be done easily (even if you aren’t a pro). With a few simple tools – measuring tape, screwdriver, and a power drill – you should have your new screen door hardware kit installed.

Screen Door Hardware For Coastal Climates

If you live in a coastal climate, the screen door hardware you need to install is different than other environments. In regions where the air is salty and filled with moisture, hardware on your screen door tends to deteriorate more quickly than in less humid regions. Coastal Series Screen Door Hardware is ideal for harsh salt climates and guarding against their corrosive nature. The series is constructed using Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel. If you’re changing the hardware for a door along the coast, the Coastal Series hardware will offer a longer life.

Install Screen Door Hardware Kit

Once you’ve decided which screen door hardware kit is best for your home, you should have your parts installed in four simple steps.

  • Step 1: Mark the placement of your hinges by centering them between the door frame and door. Your first mark will be about 5” below the top of the door. The second mark will be roughly 10” up from the bottom of the door. The third hinge should be positioned in the center of the top and bottom hinges.
  • Step 2: Once you’ve marked where your hinges should be connected, drill pilot holes into the door and fasten the hinges with screws from your screen door hardware kit.
  • Step 3: Decide where the outside handle to the screen door should be located. It’s best to stand to door upright before drilling the pilot holes, so you can get an idea of a comfortable height for the handle. Once you’ve drilled the pilot holes, fasten the handle with enclosed screws.
  • Step 4: On the inside of the door, mark where the hook and eye location should be. The lock closure doesn’t necessarily have to be at the same height of the outdoor handle. If you have children, for example, and don’t want them to reach the hook, you may position it higher on the door.

If you’re still in the deciding phase of your screen door hardware, you may also be considering a storm door. Depending on your needs and climate, there will be a best-fit door for your home. If you don’t know the difference between a screen door and storm door, or you’re just not sure which is best for you, we answer the question for you here.