French doors are a popular choice for both interior and exterior doors. Their traditional glass panels allow natural light into your home and modern designs provide added security and energy efficiency. Interior French doors create boundaries between rooms while maintaining an open, airy feel.
While French doors come in many styles (sliding, pocket etc.) these instructions apply to traditional French doors that open out from the center of the doorway. If you determine the job of installing French doors is better left to a professional door installer, contact us to request a cost estimate.
Remove the Door and Old Frames
If you’re replacing old doors, the first step is to remove them from the hinges. Once you’ve removed the original doors, you can remove the old frames, carefully prying them from the wall. You don’t want to damage the pieces or the wall while removing these two items.
Measure and Frame the Opening
Next, you need to make sure the opening is level and square before you install the new frames for the French doors. Use a level and a carpenter’s square for this. Once you’ve verified the opening is square and true, install the new frame using shims. Use nails to hold the frame in place but don’t secure it tightly. You still need to test-fit the French doors.
Fit the New French Doors and Secure the Frame
Test-fitting French doors will let you know if any adjustments need to be made. Open and close the doors and make the necessary changes if they aren’t moving easily. Once the doors work properly, secure the frame in place by fully driving the nails and sealing it into the opening.
Permanently Install the French Doors
The final step is to fully install the French doors, hanging them up and installing the locks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to finish this step.
To talk to a professional door representative about adding French doors to your home, contact us. We specialize in door installation and will make sure the job is done right the first time.