How to Change the Glass to Screen in a Storm Door

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Screen inset panel
  • Screwdriver (optional)
  • Retrieve the screen inset from wherever you stored it. Clean it off on both sides with a hose, if necessary.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Although a single person is capable of swapping out these panels, a person who is shorter than average or who has less physical strength may find the glass panel to be bulky. Always work with a partner in a situation that may be open to injury or property damage.
  • The cold of winter can sometimes seal the glass panel into the door, prompting a need to use a screwdriver or utility blade to pry the panel free of its door brackets. Be careful to avoid any sharp blows that may knock the panel out of position unexpectedly, or which might stress or fracture the glass. Also, some doors are more open to the exterior than others, so be alert for any creatures that may have found a home inside the storm door.

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