I want to replace my existing entry door. What measurements do I need to take to ensure that I order a door that will fit my opening?
There are two ways to replace your entry door. You can replace just the door panel, or slab, or the entire prehung (including door frame) unit.
- For the slab only, measure the height and width on the door you are replacing – do not measure sweep (weather seal) on the bottom of the door. If you wish to have the door prepped for hinges, lockset and deadbolt you will need to supply your retailer with the following information:
- Distance from the top of the door to the top of the first hinge,
- Distance from the top of the door to the top of the second hinge,
- Distance from the top of the door to the top of the third hinge,
- Distance from the top of the door to the top of the fourth hinge (for 96” doors),
- The size of hinge you are using (width and height with hinge open),
- Distance from the top of the door to the center of the deadbolt,
- Distance from the top of the door to the center of the lockset,
- Distance from the edge of the door to the center of the deadbolt and from the edge of the door to the center of the lockset. They should be the same.
- For the entire prehung unit, measure the height and width of your entire door opening, stud to stud, floor to header – called the rough opening. To measure accurately, you might have to remove some interior casing (moulding) to see the backside of the door frame. Typically, no more than a one inch of extra space is desired between the actual (outside to outside) door unit dimension and the rough opening, length and width. Shimming, blocking or additional framing may be required in the opening to accommodate the new door unit. Please consult your Masonite Dealer for additional help.
Shown above is one of many options that can be done to your existing front entry system. On the left is a traditional 6 panel steel door with a direct set sidelight. On the right is a EC300 Craftsman steel door with decorative ODL Topaz Glass and a 194TPZ sidelight.
Need to see what your own front door would look like with different decorative glass, check out the ODL Door Stylizer.
Contact one of our many dealers to find out how you can transform your own front entry system.