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February 2017

How to Measure a Door for Replacement in 5 Simple Steps

Q: How do you measure a door for replacement?

A: Measure the width, the height, and the door thickness, and then run on over Dan’s Discount Windows and Doors and buy one that matches.

Right?  WRONG!
If you’re interested in replacing a door in your home, the first thing you need to do is learn how to measure a door for replacement.  You definitely don’t want to arrive home with a door that is too big, or too small, for your existing door frame. There are a few more steps to measuring a door than you might have thought, but it’s easy to do yourself if you know some door-specific vocabulary and a few tricks of the trade.

Door Vocabulary:

Jamb – wood framework that surrounds the doorway.  It does not include any trim/casing that is usually adhered to the interior/exterior wall surface to hide where the door jamb meets the sheet rock, stucco, brick, etc. The door jamb is solely the framework in which the door is set.
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Terrace Doors for Your Home

Terrace doors are an attractive door style, incorporating a generous amount of window space, to allow access to and from a lovely landscaped space.

Usually, they open directly onto a deck or patio. There are usually two options for an exterior entrance to a yard space: sliding patio doors or terrace doors.

Terrace doors are a good option for a smaller room, to conserve wall space, or because you simply enjoy their elegant appearance.

What are Terrace Doors?

Terrace doors, also called patio doors, come in a variety of sizes, materials, and colors.They come in single or double exterior door styles. In most cases, they are dominated by window space, which allows natural light to come in and provides an inviting view of your outdoor space.

They come in several materials:

  • Wood
  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Fiberglass

We are partial to vinyl doors because they are affordable, energy efficient, and extremely low maintenance. After all, those are the reasons we went into the vinyl window business in the first place.

Pros and Cons of Terrace Doors


Wall savers
They’re a good choice for a smaller room, or a room with small wall space as they don’t require the same amount of width as traditional sliding doors. Because they’re hinged, you will want to be thoughtful about which direction the door swings to accommodate furniture or shelving which may create an impediment. [Read more…]