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Question DetailsAsked on 3/8/2018

how do i replace the sliding screens on a shorter sliding glass door

My openings are 76 3/4 inches tall. The standard replacement sliding screen doors are over 1 inch taller. They will not work.

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Be sure when measuring that you are including how far the top strip of the door has to go up into the upper track - usually the bottom is on rollers on the metal sill plate, the top is a plate which guides without rollers in a slot guide frame piece or trim strip - measure only to the bottom of that slotted piece and your will be typically 1/2-1 inch short on the door height.

Also - the top panel is almost always adjustable for an inch or two with screws in slots in the top piece. Check the installed opening size which the door fits - if you are measuring the factory sliding screen door the top panel might be shipped fully extended and may be adjustable to a lower headroom (or possibly vice-versa).

If you are somewhat home handy, many of those doors are screw-and-tab assembled - easily taken apart, the side strips can be recut cut to length, and reassembled. This is assuming the screening is the type which is held in place by pressed-in rubber strip in a slot, so you can redo the screening attachment yourself - not tough to do but a screen door might be a bit too much learning curve if you have never done it. Need $4 tool to roll the strip back into place too. If the crimped-in type screening, not easily resized.

Alternatively - contact a replacement glass company (Glass and Mirrors is the Search the List category) or local Door company to have one custom assembled.

Also - if you have existing screen doors and only the screens or wheels are bad, replacement wheels available at box home improvement stores and door companies. Handymen (if the embedded strip type screening retention) can do it, also for most types of screen retention replacement glass places - same people you would go to for broken window/door glass - can replace the screening for you probably cheaper than a new screen door.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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