We refer to a wood screen door that will be fit and hung into an existing
"frame" or casing or jamb as a slab door. If you are purchasing a
screen-storm door for an
old house (built before 1960), you probably need a slab door with no pre-hung option.
We do offer a pre-mortising option for the latchset, meaning
that we will bore all the necessary holes and mortises to accept your
choice of one of our Merit or Von Morris mortise latchsets. The
installer will fine fit our door to the existing opening and mortise the
hinges and the strike plate.
Take the measurements indicated on the following page. In short, you
will measure the opening where our screen door will be installed, in addition
to few other pertinent measurements. Because most openings are out of
square, we ask you to provide two measurements of width and height.
NOTE: We typically take the largest W X L measurements and then
deduct 1/8” from the width and 1/4” from the height for the actual door
size, unless you or your carpenter specify otherwise. This will be a
close fit to your opening and may require additional fine-fitting.
In some cases, our screen-storm door may be installed inside the jamb itself, which
is typically much deeper in old houses than in newer homes. In this
case, it may be necessary for the installer to add a stop in the jamb
1-1/4” back from the outside edge of the jamb for our door to close
against. When the door is going to be installed inside the jamb, rather
than in an exterior casing, be sure to allow for the 1-1/4” thickness of
our door when providing the measurement of the space between doors.
If there is an existing aluminum screen door, it should be removed to
obtain accurate measurements for a wood slab screen door.
To help us complement these features, also
give us a sketch of your
entry door indicating any measurements that might pertain, such as
location of the middle rail, glass or panels, etc.