Here we have illustrated some examples of the most
accurate ways to provide us with measurements taken from your entry door
in the case where we are proportioning your screen-storm door to match specific
features of your entry door.
In most cases, the screen-storm door
is longer than the entry door due to the fact that the threshold
typically slants down and out to shed water. The two doors usually
are on the same plane at the top with all the extra length at the
bottom. Therefore, it is more accurate to take reference measurements
from the top down, rather than from the bottom up.
In this example, when we are designing
our Jefferson style door to complement a six panel entry door, we want
to accurately mirror the horizontal and vertical elements of the entry
door, "framing out" the panels.
The most accurate way to
convey measurements is to hook your tape measure to the TOP of
the door and record the cumulative readings at each significant
horizontal line. Then hook the tape measure to one side of the door and
record measurements across at each significant vertical line. Left is a
drawing demonstrating this method. This method is much more accurate
(and much easier) than measuring each part incrementally.
When we are designing a door to closely match features
of the entry door, make a sketch of your entry door and record your
measurements as shown here.
When there are features of the entry door that we want to
enhance or frame, such as a single large glass, a "bank" of divided
lights or an oval glass like the examples above, give us the
following reference measurements
directly from your entry door: (1) top of door to top of moulding (2)
glass + moulding and (3) glass (or entire "bank" of lights). With these
measurements, we can accurately place your glass in our design of
your screen door and proportion around it accordingly.