How To Install A Patio Door

How To Install A Patio Door

At Direct Roofing Systems, we offer aluminium patio doors for residential and commercial properties. We bring decades worth of experience alongside an outstanding customer service.

Aluminium doors have some of the lowest U Values on the market, and support large glazing patterns. This results in plenty of natural light, ensuring a brighter living space.  

In this article, we will explain how to install a patio door, including any preparation that need to be made. Read on to find out more.

Preparing the Door For Installation

The first thing that you need to think about when installing the patio door is preparing it. The existing door will need to be removed to put the new one into place. Next, clean the door so the sealing material sticks to the reveal, resulting in a faultless finish.

It is important to take measurements to make sure the door fits smoothly and accurately. Installing the patio door is a two person job, so it is best to have an extra helper when putting the door together. Aluminium can damage wooden floors, so it is important to put the doors on soft padded material. The installation time for the door takes two to three hours, ensuring you can move onto your next project quickly and easily.

Which Seal Do You Choose?

With many homeowners looking towards energy efficient patio doors,  give them the choice of the right seal material. A seal is an essential part of the installation because it prevents any damage during tough conditions. The seals are easy to install because they can be stripped around the door, keeping the temperature at a comfortable level.

 There are three different sealing levels. The inner seal separates the interior and exterior climate conditions.  This seal is resistant to any water coming in to your home. We recommend using vapour resisted foil ort acrylic jointing for installation.

If you choose the middle seal, this has to be filled up with foam insulation to make sure it is warm in the long term. Alternatively, cotton is used in case you have allergic reactions. Or the outer seal gives long term protection against tough weather conditions. Sealing the joints with silicon is ideal to aid long term protection against repairs and leaks.

Installing the Patio Door

Before installing the patio door, you will need a spirit level and washers which helps towards a  straightforward adjustment. The first step is to mount the seals on the frame and insert them into the wall, then add the washers to make the adjustment easier. Once the door is perfectly level, it fits in seamlessly.  

Next, the door will need to be fixed firmly to the building. Drill mountain holes to ensure an easy fit. Choosing the correct drill selection depends on the building’s construction. If you are working on an older building, it gets easily damaged. Then, check the adjustment carefully to ensure the door is fitted correctly. Use a cordless electric screwdriver to screw in the frame.

Sealing the Patio Door Gap

When the door has been fixed into the wall, the insulating material needs to be fitted in. To do this, foam the gaps between the masonry and patio door and fill them in with insulating materials to enhance its warmth. The material will expand once applied, so  foam it carefully. Wait before adding more foam to see how much it has expanded. Next, attach the foam  to the wall completely.

Install the Leaf

The seals make the door thermally efficient, and it is nearly complete. This will deliver exceptional thermal efficiency levels, resulting in fantastic heat retention. The last thing that needs to be done is to insert and attach the leaf.

Once the hinges are attached, check the door opens and closes properly. If ithe door squeaks or gets stuck, it needs to be readjusted. 

Get Your Patio Door Installed Today

We hope this article has helped understand how to install a patio door quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions about your patio door installation, the friendly team at Direct Roofing Systems will help you.

Give us a call on 01623 651982 or fill our online contact form out. We will get back to you straight away. Or, if you want to offer a choice of designs, our online quoting engine has a wide range of styles and colours. Once the door has been customised, we will return with a bespoke quote.

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