Markham Home Doors Service

Markham Home Doors Service is here for you knowing that your exterior front door is the centre piece of your home and we want to help maintain it. Markham Home Doors Service knows that your front door brings character and charm, welcoming your family and friends inside. Regardless of what style you choose, Markham Home Doors Service is here to guard you from a front door that leaks or does not function properly. Call Markham Home Doors Service day or night. Call us now!

Markham Home Doors Service
Markham Home Doors Service

Markham Home Doors Service is sending a team to you that will arrive in 20 minutes from your call, when you need our help. Markham Home Doors Service is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all your door needs. We are more than happy to come and help you. We also know that there are some home-owners ready to take on a door project, so the following advice is for them. Follow these installation Instructions for installing a pre-cased, pre-hung exterior door. Tools and supplies needed: level, silicone sealant, small caulking gun, 15 lb felt paper, copper or led ‘pan’ shims, 2 1/4″ finish nails, 2 1/4″ stainless steel wood screws, staples or roofing nails.

First, you have to make sure your rough framing dimensions are correct. They should be 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ wider than the outside dimensions of the door frame and 1/2″ to 1″ taller than your door frame. Make sure the threshold and sides are level and plum and that all sheathing is completely nailed off, tight to the frame.  Create a ‘pan.’ This can be done with copper or lead, Stretch the material across the threshold, rising up each side 6″. Your pan should extend past the interior framing (inside) one inch. This will leave you with approximately 3 1/2″ of material to fold down over the exterior sheathing. Pre-cut 2 3″x 4″ squares and place at the exterior corners of the threshold. Remove the paper backing and press firmly onto the sheathing. After your corner squares are installed, remove the paper backing from your pan and carefully smooth onto the threshold. Cut a slice at each corner and fold over the exterior sheathing and your corner squares. A few staples may be necessary if done in a colder climate. (this stuff is sticky so take your time). Cut 8″ strips of 15 lb felt paper. Other products like Tyvek and Typar are available, but felt paper has withstood the test of time and is still the best product for this installation. Run a strip down each side of your rough opening, and then one across the top, over-lapping the sides. Tack the paper with staples, making sure to overlap all your pieces from the bottom up. Using silicone sealant, run a healthy bead 1″ away from the rough opening. Start at one bottom corner and run up and over. Do not run a bead across the bottom exterior of the threshold. If any water does get in, this is where it can escape. Instead, come in 2″ and run a healthy bead along the flat surface of the threshold and up 4″ on each side.

Place your door in the rough opening. Having your hinge side tight to the framing will ensure a sturdier function, so press the door to the hinge side. Once you have got your door shimmed and plum, tack your exterior casing with a few finish nails. Check the function of the door and shim as necessary. Once you are happy with the function of your door (an equal reveal around, no binding and a flush fit when closed) install exterior wood screws through the trim into the sheathing (Approximately 8 2 1/4″ screws equally spaced) Check your door function early on during this process. Make sure to pre-drill and avoid splitting trim. Do not forget to insulate between the framing and door frame before installing drywall.

Now you have to take some steps to prevent your metal door frame from rusting. Rust is not only unsightly, but it can be very hard to get rid of once it has taken hold, and can be especially problematic if it sets in on an access to your home or business on a metal door frame. Here are a few simple methods to keep that metal frame rust-free. If the door is located in a damp area, such as a basement, or you live in a naturally humid environment, you may want to consider using a rust primer on your metal door frame. You can find these products at any hardware store, where they are generally available in paint or spray form. They will help seal the frame and prevent oxygen from getting into the metal. When you do your yearly spring cleaning, you may want to apply a thin coat of metal wax to the door frame. This will help to stave off the process of rusting. Believe it or not, dust can encourage rust. Keep up on cleaning your door frames when you do your normal dusting routine. Simply take a dry cloth and wipe along the frame, and be sure to open the door and get the metal on the inside as well. If you have already noticed some rust on the frame, it does not mean you have to immediately start thinking about a replacement. You can try a number of products to remove the existing rust. WD-40 works well to loosen rust, and products with phosphoric acid in it will also do the trick. The acid will actually expose new metal when used. The easiest way to get this effect is to use Coca Cola with a small amount of baking soda, and apply the mixture with a clean towel or rag. Just be sure to remove it all to avoid other problems, like ants!

Replacing your interior doors, is an easy and effective way of renovating your home. After you have found the perfect interior doors to replace the old ones, you can easily install them yourself. Here are four quick and easy steps to install a new interior door. Tools Required:

  •  Screwdriver
    •    Circular Saw (or Hand Plane)
    •    Combination Square
    •    Drill with extra-long Phillips tip
    •    2 1/8 inch hole saw
    •    7/8 inch spade bit
    •    Centring bit
    •    Tape Measure
    •    Hammer 
    •    Utility Knife
    •    ¾ inch and 1 inch chisels

The first and most obvious step is removing the old door. You will want to stand on the hinged side of the door and remove the pins. Start with the bottom hinge and work your way up. You may want to have someone to help you to hold the door so it won’t topple over once you remove all the pins. If a pin does not come out easily, you can tap it out gently using a hammer and/or screwdriver. Use the old door to figure out the size of the new door. Trace around the old door on the new one using a pencil to indicate where the new door will need to be trimmed. If you are using the old doorknob and hinges, take note of how they are pieced together.  Once you have the new door ready, use a scoring tool and straight edge to mark the edges. Use a circular saw to cut the new door down to size. Remember to leave room for clearance.  Generally, you will want leave 1/8 inch around the top and sides of the door, and 5/8 inch under the bottom. Once your new door is cut to size, lay the old door on top of the new one to determine where to place the hinges. Use a combination square to transfer the mortises to the new door. Chisel the hinges out by standing the door on its edge with the hinge layouts facing up. Do this by tapping the chisel to outline the mortise, then chisel out the cuts as deep as the hinge is thick. Use the chisel at a low angle on the flat side to prevent it from digging too deeply. Gently tap away the waste wood. Check the depth by test fitting a hinge into the mortise. If it does not fit, gently chisel away more wood until it fits snugly. Once it fits, use a drill to screw the hinges on. Mark where the strike plate hole meets the door edge, then position the door knob template to mark where the doorknob and latch will go. If you are reusing the old door handle, take measurements from the old door. Your instructions will let you know what size drill you will need if you are installing a new handle. If the handle does not have instructions, use a 2 1/8 inch hole saw, and a 7/8 inch spade bit to cut the latch’s edge. If you are going to stain or paint the door, now is the time to do so. Let it fully dry before installing the doorknob and latch set. You will install the latch set first. Screw the latch to the door and then install any doorknobs.

You are all set, with new doors and a well-done job. Enjoy your front door! Just keep in mind that doors are heavy, and in case you need help, we are here for you. We have the knowledge, experience, tools and supplies needed and we come to you 24/7!