How Do You Install A Storefront Door?
In this installation guide we explain how to assemble and install a commercial aluminum storefront door.
Step 1: Lay Out The Door Stiles and RailsA storefront aluminum door is constructed of 2 door stile extrusions (one for the lock stile and one for the hinge/pivot stile) and 2 door rails (one top rail and one bottom rail). The lock stile can be identified because it will have the deadlock assembly in the stile. The pivot stile can be identified because it will the pivot attached to it. The bottom rail can be identified because it will have two small, square black rubber glass blocks that are attached to the top of the bottom rail. Carefully lay out the door stiles and rails in the proper position on the ground.
Line up the bottom rail with the lock stile. The bottom lock stile has an aluminum clip with a hole in it.
Step 2: Assemble Tie Rods In Lock StileThe door comes with two threaded tie rods. One tie rod is straight, while the other has a bend. Screw a nut onto the end of the long threaded straight tie rod. The nut should be screwed on far enough so that there is about 1 inch of thread at the end of the tie rod.
Then insert the tie rod through the hole in the aluminum clip at the bottom of the lock stile. The tie rod will only be able to go in so far, before the nut hits the aluminum clip, stopping the tie rod from going deeper into the hole. Take another nut and reach into the bottom of the lock stile and screw the nut onto the end of the tie rod. Tighten both nuts so that the tie rod is fastened to the lock stile tightly.
Next, find the tie rod with the bend. Screw a nut onto the end of the tie rod with the bend. The nut should be screwed on far enough so that there is about an inch of thread at the end of the bent tie rod.
Then insert the bent tie rod through the hole in the aluminum clip at the top of the lock stile. The tie rod will only be able to go in so far, before the nut hits the aluminum clip, stopping the bent tie rod from going deeper into the hole. Take another nut and reach into the bottom of the lock stile and screw the nut onto the end of the tie rod. Tighten both nuts so that the tie rod is fastened to the lock stile tightly.
Important Note - Door Leveling Adjustment ScrewThe bent tie rod should always be inserted at the top of the door rail. In the top web of the door rail is a door leveling adjustment screw. When the screw is tightened it pushes down on a block which adjusts the sag of the door.
Step 3: Assemble Pivot Stile To Tie RodsNext locate the bottom rail. Slide the bottom rail into the straight tie rod. Then locate the top rail and slide it into the bent tie rod. Once both top and bottom rails have been placed, locate the pivot stile. Insert both top and bottom tie rods into the the pivot stile. Reach into the top of the pivot stile and screw a nut onto the end of the tie rod. There is a hole in the pivot stile opposite of the tie rod, which allows a deep socket wrench to fit inside and tighten the nut. If not, a wrench can be used. Do the same for the bottom pivot stile. The door is now fully assembled.
Step 4: Install Door Into FrameThe next step is to install the storefront door into the frame. For installation instructions and information on how to assemble and install a storefront door frame, please refer to our guide "How To Install A Storefront Door Frame". The majority of storefront doors use offset pivots, however some storefront doors use butt hinges. Let's first go over how to install a storefront door with offset pivots. The top pivot on the door has spring loaded pivot pin. The bottom pivot on the door is a bearing. Carefully lift the door so that the bottom pivot bearing can sit on the door frame's bottom pivot pin. Next, reach up to the top spring loaded pivot pin and press it in. Then set the door fully into the frame and line up the top pivot pin with the door frame's top pivot bearing. If the door does not fit into the frame, remove the door and adjust the height of the door frame's bottom pivot pin. The door frame's bottom pivot pin can be adjusted up or down using a wrench to screw it in to lower the door, or unscrew it in order to raise the door.
Step 5: Operate & Check The DoorOnce the door has been installed into the door frame, test it out. Swing the door opened and closed. Be sure to make sure there is 1/8" clearance from the top of the door to the frame. Install any additional door hardware such as pull handle and push bar, threshold, or commercial door closer. For installation guidance on installing the door closer please refer to our installation guide "How Do You Install A Door Closer On A Storefront Door?"
Step 6: Install Glass Into DoorNext install the glass into the storefront door. For installation instructions on installing glass, also referred to as glazing, please see our installation guide "How To Install Glass On A Storefront Door".
ConclusionThis guide informs users how to properly assemble a commercial storefront aluminum door and install it inside of a storefront door frame. If you are in need of a new commercial storefront door for a remodel, new construction project, or replacing an existing damaged door, then we recommend Comanche storefront door systems. The Comanche storefront door is a high quality aluminum commercial door system trusted by businesses all across America. Order today and get FAST, FREE shipping!
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