3 Ways to measure sliding screen doors

The do it yourself measuring instructions for:

Summary of how to measure for a sliding screen door replacement

The measuring instructions on this page provide you our customer, a typical way our installers measure for patio sliding screen doors when the old door is no longer available at the property. 

As well as a way to get the actual screen door frame measurement utilizing the ex-screendoor. If you have an existing frame that is NOT bent, we recommend to provide the existing frame size width by height. 

Do not include wheels in the measurement (wheels are adjustable). Learn How to Measure a Sliding Screen Door Frame below at the bottom of this page.

How to measure an Economy Sliding Screen Door

The most common widths are 36″ & 48″.  The most variation measuring slider screen doors and the most critical measurement is the height!  Furthermore refer to the instructions below for height measuring, while making sure to use the right tool for the job.

Also, always use a heavy duty measuring tape with a blade width of minimum 1 Inch.  Typical Blade Material Steel, Case Type Closed, Graduations 1/16 In.  Stanley lock 25 ft. “the old diehard contractors tape” would do just fine and the way  I personally use and prefer a Stanley Fat Max 25 ft!!  Since it works great for large window and door openings.

Always use 1″ minimum width tape measure.

Step by step process

  • Measure the width.
  • Most common widths are 36″ and 48″
  • Measure the height.
  • Set your tape measure on the top of the bottom track
  • Measure upward at the bottom lip of the U-Channel.
  • Add a quarter inch 1/4″ to your measurement.
Measuring sliding screen doors made easy

Consumer takes full responsibility for measurements.  Best Custom Screens is not responsible for consumer measuring mistakes.

Step by step process of measuring a patio sliding screen door from scratch.

  1. Measure the width.

    Always measure the width first with a metal tape measure. Read the measurement at the edge where the glass meets frame.

  2. Measure the height from the bottom

    Set tape measure tip on top of bottom track to measure height

  3. Measure upward at the bottom lip of the U-Channel

    Measure height to the lower edge of the top channel.

  4. Add a quarter inch 1/4″ to your measurement

    Add a quarter inch to go up into top channel. This should be a sliding screen door frame measurement.

Measuring technique when Sliding Screen Door is missing

The Ultimate Guide to Measuring Your Sliding Patio Screen Door
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YouTube Update on 10/12/19:  Please see the diagram on this page https://bestcustomscreens.com/instructions/how-do-you-measure-sliding-screen-doors/ To see where to place your tape measure. Also like stated in the video please use a Stanly Fat Max tape measure. Why? Because it will not bend the way most tape measures can. If you even get a slight bend in the tape measure your screen door your measurement could be off. We do not want this to happen because then its possible that your sliding screen door will not fit.


Measuring Instructions for Sliding Screen Doors

This is a vertical cross sectional view of a typical patio door main frame head and sill (with patio sliding screen door also installed)

This is a vertical cross sectional view of a typical patio door main frame head and sill (with patio sliding screen door also installed) and It’s as if the door was “sliced” from top to bottom.

Add 1/4″ to this measurement to determine screen height.  Measure at top of leg at sill to bottom of led at header.
Note:  This method is very accurate for most cases.  However, if your conditions vary from what is shown, this method may not provide correct screen height.  Important:  Sampling is suggested before ordering large quantities of screens, to verify fit and compatibility.

Additional ways

Other types of headers include Top Track  and Hanging Tracking systems.  Our sliding screen door program online does not offer these options.  Most noteworthy, when you have a special type of sliding screen door track, make sure that your please pick up the phone and give us call for a custom quotation.
Consumer takes full responsibility for measurements.  Best Custom Screens is not responsible for consumer measuring mistakes.

How to Measure a Custom Sliding Screen Door

Here is how you do it!

Click to watch this video on how to measure a custom sliding screen door. Presented by Steve Tristan, Expert Installer & Trainer

How to measure a sliding screen door frame

Watch this video on how to measure a sliding screen door frame. We need the frame measurement.

Replacing a screen door is a learning experience if you have never done it before.  A screen door is always enjoyable during summer and springs. It allows fresh and cool air into the home while keeping the insects out of home.

Naturally, in one of our video and blog we show how to take measurement of a sliding screen door from the frame of the door.  We love feedback from customers and we have received many from the viewers regarding a How to video instruction on measuring the frame of a sliding screen door. A ton of request we got from our viewer is to show how to measure an existing sliding screen door. Whenever a sliding screen door going to be replaced we can easily take the measurement from it and order a new one.

How to measure a sliding screen door infograph

Order the Sliding Screen Door Frame Measurement

There are few things you needs to make sure before taking measurements from an existing sliding screen door. Instructions below.

1. Make sure the frame is not bent. Measurement from a bent frame will definitely not work. It’ll make our work questionable even though its not our fault. The door will not slide smoothly on the track. Please try to notice if there is any bent on any side of the frame both width and height.

2. Make sure you measure with Stanley Fatmax tape measure. Its the primary go-to for many professionals, FatMax is probably the most accurate and durable measuring tape of its kind on the market. Always use 1 inch Stanley Fatmax tape measure which works great on large window and door opening.

Step 1: Measure the width: Measure the top or the bottom frame. Do not measure from the middle at older doors may be both.

Step 2: Measure the left or right side frame.

Step 3: Note down the measurement so you don’t forget when ordering at www.bestcustomscreens.com.

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