Step-by-Step Guide: Installing French Doors with Sidelights for Added Natural Light.
Installing French doors with sidelights is a great way to ensure that doorways get plenty of light and beauty without sacrificing much in terms of privacy. These doors are fragile and require some extra care when installing, but if done properly you can avoid future inconvenience and damage. Here is how to properly install a French door with sidelights:
Start by inspecting the frame to make sure it is even and free of any signs of rising dampness or cracks from a previous installation. Take out any screws or shims that may have been left over from taking down the old door. Sand the frame if needed.
Next, take the French door with sidelights and begin by positioning the bottom of the door on the frame, carefully wedging it into place. You need to make sure that the door is level and correctly fitted, plumb, against the vertical side of the frame. For support, fit wood shims into the upper and side jambs. Spend some time adjusting the door until it is level and tight.
Now you can drill holes to insert screws and fasten the door hinges to the frame. Make sure that the door fits snugly and that it is level, so that it does not scratch the surface when opening or closing.
Once the French door is secured in place, move to the outside of the door and spray insulation foam into the gaps between the frame and the door. Let it dry for at least an hour, and then caulk the remaining cracks and gaps.
Once the door frame is insulated and sealed up, you will need to hammer in a trim around the door, beginning with the outside of the door first and then moving on to the inner side. Hammer in the trim carefully so as to avoid breaking or damaging the glass panes. Saw off any visible shims and caulk any remaining cracks. If desired, you can also paint the wood trims to match the color of the door.
Once you have finished installing the French door with sidelights, you are guaranteed to have a doorway that is both aesthetically pleasing and lets out plenty of natural light. Just remember to take your time and pay extra attention to the details, like making sure the door is level, in order to make sure you avoid unnecessary damage and ensure that your door will serve you for years to come.