How to Install Patio Door Screens

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How to Install Patio Door Screens
Patio door (patio doors image by jimcox40 from

An ideal solution for a screen for your patio door is a hideaway, rolling screen that rolls up and down like a window shade. The screen is made of fibreglass and rolls up into a two-inch square aluminium casing. It is installed over the top of the doorway. You will need to mount aluminium sidetracks to the door jambs to guide the screen. Installing a retractable screen is something that you should be able to complete in just one day. Retractable screens are available in most large hardware or building supply stores. Simply measure the inside width of the doorway at the top and bottom of the opening and the length of the window. Take these measurements with you to the store to use as a guide when purchasing your retractable screen. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for specifics regarding your particular hideaway rolling screen.

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Things you need

  • Hacksaw
  • 1 ½ inch drywall screws
  • 2 ½ inch diameter plastic pipe
  • Measuring tape
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver (Phillips)

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  1. 1

    Use a hacksaw to cut the storage cassette and the screen to the width you need for the doorway. Cut it 1/8 in. smaller than the width of the opening so it will fit properly.

  2. 2

    Snap the plastic end caps into the ends of the cassette and attach the screen handle according to the manufacturer's directions.

  3. 3

    Screw the two mounting clips to the casing over the top of the door using a screwdriver. The lip on the clips should be positioned so they face toward the door.

  4. 4

    Snap the storage cassette into the two mounting clips. Make a pencil line horizontally on each of the side jambs under the cassette.

  5. 5

    Remove the cassette. Use a tape measure to take the measurements from the door sill up to the pencil marks you just made, and subtract 1/8 inch from numbers. Use the hacksaw to cut the two sidetracks to match these measurements.

  6. 6

    Reinsert the cassette above the doorway and put the sidetracks in place on each side under the cassette. Use the power drill to drill four pilot holes through the sidetracks into the wooden door sill. Insert wood screws in the pilot holes and screw them in with the drill and screwdriver bits. Insert plastic piping into the track to move aside the weather stripping so you can insert the screws.

  7. 7

    Pull the screen up and down a number of times to check it. If you need to adjust the tension of the screen you can take off the end caps from the cassette to tighten or loosen it.

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