Are you planning to sell your old mobile home? Before putting up the “mobile home for sale” board, it will be a wise idea to finish the entire repair and maintenance works of the home, as this will help you bag a better deal. Replacing the mobile home door is an easy renovation that you can do on your mobile home to increase its resale value.
Generally, mobile home doors will be cheaply made and replacing it with a strong and sturdy one will be a rewarding idea. Replacing the exterior door of mobile homes is not a difficult repair job, but if you are not confident enough to perform the job on your own, you can seek help of a general contractor or a mobile home manufacturer in your area. The steps to replace a door in mobile homes are explained below.
The first thing to do is to measure the dimension of the door that you are planning to replace. You will need to accurately measure the dimensions of the door opening noting down the height and width of the open space keeping the door open.
Decide on the Replacement Door Model
There are standard doors available in the market, but some doors many not fit to the door opening dimensions of your mobile home. In such cases, you can have two options. The first one is to buy a standard door and cut it to fit the opening if the door is bigger than the opening, and the second, increase the door opening size to accommodate the big door.
The next thing to do is to check the deck height of the mobile home and make sure that the deck is not built high to cover the bottom screws of the door. If the deck is high, it will not be an easy task to remove the old door. In such cases, you can get help from a repairperson.
Remove Old Door
Loosen and remove all the screws that hold the old door in place and gently remove the door from the frame. It is extremely necessary not to wrench the door off, as it can damage the siding of the door making it impossible to fix the new door in place.
Use Putty Tape
Now you need to apply putty tape around the edges of the new door and force the door into the frame. Make sure to keep the door as straight as possible while forcing it into the doorframe. After placing the door in the frame, drill screws to secure the door in place.
Level and Secure
After securing the door, you will need to make sure that the door is level and straight. If you find that the door is not straight, you will need to loosen some of the screws holding the door in place and adjust it again to make it straight and level. Once you are satisfied, you can tighten the screws again.