Fitting and Hanging

*Do not use metal objects, (razor blades etc.) to remove caulking compound or paint and varnish residue, it is known to scratch the tempered glass. Please do not use compressed air to blow off wood doors, as condensation in the air lines may cause irregular finishing results.*

Tips for Easy Hanging & Fitting

  • Immediately after cutting and fitting (before hanging), seal all cut surfaces and ends of door with an effective quality sealer. See exterior and interior finishing recommendation for complete instructions.

  •  Prior to exterior exposure, doors should be finished with complete finish system.

  • When hanging door, allow adequate clearance for swelling of door or frame in damp weather. Allow approximately 3 ⁄ 16” clearance for swelling when the door is installed in fully dry conditions. Jambs must be plumb.

  • Do not cut doors down in height by more than 2-9 ⁄ 16” (13 ⁄ 16” maximum from top, 1-3 ⁄ 4” from the bottom). Care should be taken in cutting doors down in width (maximum 1 ⁄ 8” each side) to avoid exposing engineered core. Use sharp fine tooth saw for trimming ends of doors.

  • Caution must be used to avoid impairing the strength of the door when fitting for locks. Allow at least 1” of wood back of mortise.

  • Use three hinges on doors up to 7’ in height and four hinges on doors over 7’. Hinges must be set in a straight line to prevent distortion.

  • Jambs and stops must be set square and plumb.

  • For best performance, any exterior door should be installed under an overhang equal to the height of the door.

  • To minimize heat loss and save energy, use weatherstripping.


For a quick guide on how to identify how your door will swing refer to this guide.