How to Change the Glass to Screen in a Storm Door

The arrival of spring's gentle breezes is the perfect time to swap out the heavy glass inserts in your storm door for something cooler. You may think that this task would be difficult and time-consuming but it's not! Most contemporary storm doors have interchangeable glass and screen framed insets--these can be quickly and easily changed by one person with a minimum of difficulty.

Step 1

Retrieve the screen inset from wherever you stored it. Clean it off on both sides with a hose, if necessary.

Step 2

Inspect the storm door to determine if any hardware is needed to swap the glass for the screen. Many doors use spring-loaded clips, although some older models use brackets that screw into the frames, and some high-end doors will have all of the attachment hardware hidden under a removable plastic weatherstrip.

Step 3

Remove the glass panel. Depending on the storm door's manufacturer, the panel will slide out of a metal track, against which it is held by spring-loaded clips or screwed-in brackets. After removal, set the glass panel aside.

Step 4

Insert the screen panel into the door. It should slide into the frame as neatly as the glass panel did. Secure the screen panel to the door using the spring clips or screwed brackets. Replace any weatherstripping or concealment devices.

Step 5

Wash the glass panel, then safely put it into storage.

Jason Gillikin

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