Patio Door Replacement: Sliding Glass to French Door
TOM: Mark in Texas needs some help with a door project. What can we do for you?
MARK: That is correct. Hey. And I wanted to ask you guys if I have a regular, sliding glass patio door and I wanted to move that to a French door …
MARK: … in that operation, is that pretty much a [true fit] (ph) basically where typically as long as I make sure that the French door matches up in terms of dimensions; is that pretty simple in terms of moving – you know, removing the glass patio door, sliding glass patio door and putting in a French door?
TOM: Yes. I mean, typically, the openings are going to be the same size; assuming that you buy the same size door. I’m going to be guessing it’s probably a six-foot door. But typically, it would be exactly the same size, so that means you would be removing completely from the frame the old patio door and then inserting the new French door, which of course is a hinged patio door, in its place.
There is going to be probably some shimming and obviously re-trimming to make sure it all stays leak-free; but in terms of the rough opening, in most cases it should be exactly the same size.
I will give you one tip. Sometimes the new construction doors and the remodeling doors are different by about an inch and that inch can be really important if you’re on the wrong side of it. So find out from the door manufacturer, measure your rough opening and see if they have an option for a remodeling door versus a new construction door because the remodeling door may be just a tad shorter and, therefore, easier to fit into the opening.
MARK: Oh, that’s good information. Well, you’ve been very helpful. Thank you very much.
TOM: Our pleasure.
MARK: I love listening to your show.
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