Door glass replacements are sometimes a must. Over time, door glass can become scratched, cracked or even cloudy, leaving your door looking unattractive because of the glass. But there is no need to replace the whole door. All you need to do in replace the door glass. And while it might be easier to call a professional to install the door glass, it can be very costly. But luckily replacing door glass in a door is an easy fix! Just follow these simple instructions and before you know it you will have a new glass insert in your door, and it will look like you have a brand new door!
Door Glass Replacement Materials
- Work Gloves
- Measuring Tape
- Phillips Head Screwdriver/Power Drill
- Caulk Gun
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Metal Putty Knife
Removing Old Door Glass
Before you take out the old door glass, you want to take the door off the hinges, this will allow easier installation. Once you have the door off of its hinges, place it on a flat, elevated surface, with the exterior side down. With your flathead screwdriver, remove all the screw covers and unscrew the screws. When all of the screws are removed, take the door and the frame and remove it, so that the glass is by itself. Use your metal putty knife to remove any excess caulk from around the frame. Take the old glass and dispose of it.
Replacing Door Glass
Before you install the new glass, make sure the new door glass is the correct size. In order to get the correct size, take your measuring tape and measure the width and height of the frame, just past the paneling. With the measurement you have, subtract one-eighth of an inch from both the width and the height. Subtracting one-eighth will not only allow easier installation but it will also allow the new piece of glass wiggle room, so it will last longer.
Once you have the correct size door glass replacement, lay the glass down on the flat surface and with your caulk gun, caulk the inner edges of the door frame that connects to the glass and the outer edges of the door frame that connects to the door. Now, take the door frame, and set it on top of the glass, and turn it over. If everything is lined up correctly, grab the door and line it up and set it on top. Take the other piece of the frame, which should be the inside piece, and set it into place. Take your screws (you can use the same ones that were in the door) and screw them back in. Now, put the door back on its hinges and it’s like you have a new door!
Door Glass Replacement Parts
Why call a professional to replace your door glass when you can do it yourself? You just need to make sure that you have the proper tools and instructions and you can do all your door glass replacements yourself! And when you are in need of door glass replacement parts, shop DIY Door Store for all your tools and supplies. For more information on how to replace door glass or other door repair instructions, call the DIY Door Store at 888-998-3667.