Sliding screen doors are great for keeping bugs out of your home, but installing them correctly can be tricky. Follow our guide on how to install sliding screen door latches & pulls.
Know what type of latch or pull you need before buying it.
Before purchasing any type of sliding screen door latch or pull, make sure you know exactly what type you need. You should also consider the size of the opening where you will be installing the latch or pull. If you are unsure about the type of latch or pull needed, contact a local hardware store or home improvement center. They will be able to help you find the right product for your needs.
Measure the opening where the latch will go.
To measure the width of an opening, use a tape measure. Start at one end of the opening and measure across to the other side. This measurement will tell you how wide the opening is.
Determine how much force you’ll need to open the door.
If you’re installing a new latch, make sure you choose a model with enough strength to hold up against the weight of the door. You should also consider whether you want to install a deadbolt or just a simple latch. Deadbolts provide more security than latches alone.
Select the right size latch or pull.
To select the correct size latch or pull, measure the width of the opening where you plan to install the latch. Then multiply that measurement by two (the number of inches between the top edge of the frame and the bottom edge of the door). This will give you the total length of the latch or pull needed.
Install the latch or pull correctly.
If you are installing a new latch or pull, make sure to use the proper tools. You should also ensure that the latch or pull is installed properly before you close the door.