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How to measure a sliding screen door

How to measure sliding screen doors? 

DIY Measuring a Sliding Screen Door

How do you measure sliding screen doors? Is one of the most asked questions we get when we get from our customers. If you are are a handy person, that knows how to use a tape measure properly. If you can use hand tools and a cordless drill. Then this is gong to be super easy for you.

Follow our measuring instructions for Patio Sliding Screen Doors. There are two ways to measure. The first being measure the old existing screen door frame, as long as it is not bent. Please see the following video on;

How to measure a screen door frame

Replacing a screen door is a botheration indeed. A screen door is always enjoyable during summer and springs. It allows fresh and cool air into the home while keeping the insects out of home.

In one of our video and blog we showed how to take measurement of a sliding screen door from the frame of the door. So many feedback’s we have been receiving from the viewers regarding the video instruction. A ton of request we got from our viewer is to show how to measure an existing sliding screen door. Whenever a sliding screen door going to be replaced we can easily take the measurement from it and order a new one.

There are few things you needs to make sure before taking measurements from an existing sliding screen door.
1. Make sure the frame is not bent. Measurement from a bent frame will definitely not work. It’ll make our work questionable even though its not our fault. The door will not slide smoothly on the track. Please try to notice if there is any bent on any side of the frame both width and height.

2. Make sure you measure with Stanley Fatmax tape measure. Its the primary go-to for many professionals, FatMax is probably the most accurate and durable measuring tape of its kind on the market. Always use 1 inch Stanley Fatmax tape measure which works great on large window and door opening.

Step 1: Measure the width: Measure the top or the bottom frame. Do not measure from the middle at older doors may be both.

Step 2: Measure the left or right side frame.

How to measure a sliding screen door when old door is gone

The measuring instructions on this section provides you our customer, a typical way our installers measure for patio sliding screen doors when the old door is no longer available at the property. If you have an existing frame that is not bent, we recommend to provide the existing frame size width by height. Do not include wheels in the measurement (wheels are adjustable).

The most common widths are 36″ & 48″. The most variation measuring slider screen doors and the most critical measurement is the height! Furthermore refer to the instructions below for height measuring, while making sure to use the right tool for the job.

Also, always use a heavy duty measuring tape with a blade width of minimum 1 Inch. Typical Blade Material Steel, Case Type Closed, Graduations 1/16 In. Stanley lock 25 ft. “the old diehard contractors tape” would do just fine and the way I personally use and prefer a Stanley Fat Max 25 ft!! Since it works great for large window and door openings.

Consumer takes full responsibility for measurements. Best Custom Screens is not responsible for consumer measuring mistakes.

YouTube Update on 10/12/19: Please see the diagram on this page https://bestcustomscreens.com/instructions/how-do-you-measure-sliding-screen-doors/  To see where to place your tape measure. Also like stated in the video please use a Stanly Fat Max tape measure. Why? Because it will not bend the way most tape measures can. If you even get a slight bend in the tape measure your sliding screen door your measurement could be off. We do not want this to happen because then its possible that your sliding screen door will not fit.


cross section of how to measure sliding screen door

This is a vertical cross sectional view of a typical patio door main frame head and sill (with patio sliding screen door also installed)

This is a vertical cross sectional view of a typical patio door main frame head and sill (with patio sliding screen door also installed) and It’s as if the door was “sliced” from top to bottom.

Add 1/4″ to this measurement to determine screen height. Measure at top of leg at sill to bottom of led at header.

Note: This method is very accurate for most cases. However, if your conditions vary from what is shown, this method may not provide correct screen height. Important: Sampling is suggested before ordering large quantities of screens, to verify fit and compatibility.

Other types of headers include Top Track and Hanging Tracking systems. Our sliding screen door program online does not offer these options. Most noteworthy, when you have a special type of sliding screen door track, make sure that your please pick up the phone and give us call for a custom quotation.

Consumer takes full responsibility for measurements. Blindandscreen.com is not responsible for consumer measuring mistakes.

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