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How To Install Glass In An Exterior Door? or Let Us Do It for You

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There are many reasons a homeowner decides to install glass in an exterior door. It can add natural lighting to a dark entryway, allow you to see the person knocking at the door, or can simply create a beautiful addition when you find a perfect beveled glass insert at our store.

Whatever the reason, you can install glass in an exterior door all by yourself or let us install it for you.

We’ll show you how to do it in 8 easy steps.

Before you get started, make sure you have all of the tools needed for the job:

  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Utility knife
  • Drill
  • Blue Painter’s Tape
  • Jigsaw
  • Paintable caulk
  • Paint or stain and seal

8 Steps to Install Glass in an Exterior Door

Step 1.Trace Your Shape
You want to trace the smaller side of the glass insert’s frame. After it is drawn, step back and make sure that it is centered and is exactly where you want it do go before you do any cutting! Then, use a utility knife to score the line. This prevents wood from splitting if you have a wood exterior door.

Step 2. Drill the Corners
Once you’re sure the hole is exactly where you want it, hold the frame up one more time to ensure the hole will be large enough. Use your drill and drill each of the corners. The corner holes need to be big enough to accommodate your jigsaw. Make sure you don’t drill too close to the cut line. You want your jigsaw to do the close work.

Step 3. Tape the Line
Use painter’s tape to tape the exterior of the cut line. This will protect the surface of your door when you’re using the jigsaw. Painter’s tape is a little more expensive but it’s worth it to make sure you don’t peel away any paint or finish, and to prevent leaving an undesirable sticky residue.

Step 4. Use a Jigsaw
Use a good jigsaw to cut along the pencil line. Your blade needs to be adjusted to cut all the way through the 1 3/4-inch door. Make sure that the entire perimeter of the cut is clean. Also make sure you secure the cut out section with more tape. You don’t want it to fall right out as it can rip door material with it and do damage.

Step 5. Remove the Cut Out
Carefully remove the cut out. Do not force it. Use the jig saw again if a part seems stuck to prevent doing damage to the remaining door material.

Step 6. Insert the Frame
Insert the exterior frame. Make sure you use plenty of caulking in order to provide a good seal and prevent moisture from getting between the frame and the door. Run a healthy amount of caulking on the interior of the frame and it should ooze out onto the door. You can wipe that up, but it ensures you have a good seal.

Step 7. Paint/Stain/Seal Once the frame is properly caulked in place, you want to paint or stain, and seal the frame and/or the entire door.

Step 8. Install the Glass
Install the glass into the frame and use caulk again to seal the glass in place. Then screw on the inside of your frame.

Now it’s time to proudly show off your handiwork to family, friends and neighbours.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.