What are Door Glass Frames?
Door Glass Frames (also known as doorlite rims) are the interior and exterior plastic moldings that hold glass into a door or sidelite. Some customers experience warped, cracked or deteriorated door glass frames. Replacing old frames is a great way to to extend the life of your door in an economical way. Our replacement frame kit provides the outside and inside frame, screws, and screw caps. Kits come standard with the new high-temperature frames that better resist warping, discoloring, and cracking.
How to Measure Glass Size and Thickness
To replace your frame set:
1. Measure the outside length and width of your existing frames (see picture above). Measure along the face of the door from the outside corner to outside corner of the frame (width and height, not diagonally).
2. Measure the exact overall thickness of your insulated glass insert (the full "sandwich" of both pieces of glass and the gap of insulating air in between). You will need to unscrew enough of the interior frame to squeeze a tape measure in between the frames to determine the glass "sandwich" thickness. Usually a measurement can be taken after unscrewing around a corner of the inside frame -- not the entire frame. The glass "sandwich" will measure either 1/2", 3/4" or a full 1". If your glass is 3/4", you will have to replace the glass and the frame assembly, since frames for 3/4" glass thickness are discontinued. However, the vast majority of glass is either 1/2" or 1" thick.
What You Need for Installation
You'll need a screwdriver and a putty knife to help remove the old frame from the exterior of your door. Also, unless your frame comes pre-caulked (check product description), you'll also need some high quality silicone caulk, which can be found in our accessories section.
Ordering Replacement Door Glass Frames
Door Glass Frames are ordered based on outside frame dimensions and glass thickness. Below are the most popular sizes of door glass frames. Frame width and height are often 1/4" to 1/2" less than the given dimensions (and that is fine). If your frame width and height measurements exceed the given dimensions or are more than 1/2" less, please contact us about your order-- you may have a narrow or abnormal size (best to take a picture of your door and email us with outside measurements of your frame). For example, some frames are 2" narrower, which we can special order for you.
What if I have a Door Glass Frame with Grids?
Grids are also known as mullions, muntins, dividers, or grilles. The large size frame set with 15 lite grid is available below. Some frames for styles with grids are only available with the glass (9 lite, 3 lite, 5 lite sidelite, and fanlite with grids).