How to Install a Patio Door
START TO FNISH – Time Lapse photography and commentary showing how to install a right-hand inswing patio door.
The opening for this door was 72″ wide by 80″ tall. This leaves 1/2″ around the door for adjustments.
1. Install a wood sill and framing in the opening if needed to achieve the correct sized opening.
2. Place lots of caulk or sill pan on the concrete. The sill pan must be used in some wood construction installations if water may seep through the patio door joints.
3. When placing the patio door, check the bottom and top plates to make sure it is level. Make sure the door jamb is plumb on both sides, meaning that the door is plumb in and out of the opening and left and right of the opening.
4. Place shims under the left or right door jamb to level the door. Place shims behind all the hinges and any other large gaps that are required to create an even reveal around the doors. Use plastic shims so that water will not affect them.
5. Install two long screws in the top hinges to attach the doors to the existing structure. This will help keep the doors structurally in place.
6. Run caulk around the threshold, trim, and any other gaps where water may enter. Fill other gaps with window foam insulation.
7. Install case molding around the door for a finished look.
The install time took me 5 hours because I had two old patio sliding doors to remove and plenty of prep work such as removing the old caulking and throwing away the old patio doors.