First make arrangements with your carpenter to install your door before you receive it, by doing so you will insure a prompt and proper installation in accordance with our warranty. Failure to install & finish your door promptly may result in warpage.
When your shipment arrives, remember to open and examine your screen door for shipping related damage within 3 days of receipt.
Store your screen door inside! Not in the garage or anywhere ambient moisture can absorb into the wood. It is very important to finish and seal your screen door within 15 days of receipt in accordance with our finishing instructions.
Before finishing your screen door. Check to make sure it fits the opening. A proper fit would allow for a 1/8"- 3/16" gap all around the door (I like to use cedar shims to check this.) This will allow for hinges, lockset and natural movement associated with all wooden screen doors. If your wood screen door does not fit properly "out of the box",
arrange for your carpenter to trim and install your hardware before finishing. This helps eliminate the need to "repair" the finish after your door is installed.
Immediately after installation take your screen door down and remove the hardware to finish it. ("Finishing") After the finish is fully dry, re-install the hardware and hang your door.You may trim off up to 1" on each side, 3/8" off the top, and 3/4" off the bottom of your "Custom Collection" screen door without significantly affecting its structural integrity. We recommend using 3 hinges.
For installing hinges:
Each manufacturer includes instructions on how to install their hardware. Most installations are quite simple and require only hand tools. The tools needed may get more involved including routers or drills, when Mortise Locks are installed.
We highly recommend that you use a professional carpenter to install your door and that you give him/or her a copy of these instructions.