Door Installation Guide

Builder, Subcontractor or Dealer

  • The information provided is to assist door installers in the correct ways of installing a Sunrise Door. It will illustrate how to install a Sunrise Door using methods and material that help eliminate water leaks.
  • The Purpose of these guidelines is ensure a long useful door life with a good resistance to water related intrusion problems.
  • Doors that close without any force do not provide sufficient compression against the weather-stripping, and will cause air or water leakage under wind pressure.

TIP: a door's compression weather-stripping works best when the door slab is tighter and requires some force to close.

NOTE: During the winter months, door panels can bow due to extreme temperature variation between interior and exterior of the door. This is known as "Thermal Bow" and is not a sign of defective product.

Different parts of the country have different code requirements, which may not be covered in these instructions. The installer is responsible for insuring the installation complies with local codes.

Single entry door / Garden door / Door and sidelite Installation instructions

  • 1. Verify rough opening measurements to door size and verify door swing. Width of opening should be 1" larger then door frame and height should be 1/2" larger then doorframe.
  • 2. Check rough opening for plumb, level and square. Using a 6 foot level check framing levelness. Make sure floor is a flat clean weight bearing surface. Make any correction changes NOW before continuing.


    Make sure the walls around the opening are in the same plane by performing a string test. Attach string diagonally across opening on outside as shown. The strings should gently touch at center. If not, opening is out of plumb by "twice" that distance and must be corrected.

    *an out of plumb condition is one of the most common reasons doors leak air and water.
  • 3. Caulk the subfloor with 3 very thick beads of sealant. Run them the full width of opening. Next apply sealant to backside of brickmold around the entire perimeter of the door. This is called back beading.

  • 4. With the top of the door tilted away from the opening, place the door on top of the sill ( * make sure you remembered to remove the shipping blocks. ) and once door is centered tilt into opening.
  • 5. Plumb Hinge side first on all doors by using a 6 foot level (left to right and inside to outside.) Using screws fasten each hinge to the studs so that you can place shims above each hinge.

    DO NOT drive the screws completely in at this time. The screws will keep your shims from falling down so that you can adjust accordingly.


    Single doors = hinge side first
    Sidelite units = hinge side first
    Double doors = fasten fixed side first.

    Shim all 3 hinges so that door is level and plumb. Tighten screws starting with middle hinge the top then bottom last.
  • 6. Adjust the rest of the frame and fasten. Making sure your margin is 1/8" - 3/16" consistently around door slab. Shim accordingly until this is achieved.

    See how the door is fitting against the weather stripping on the strike side of the door. When slab is closed you should have a touch of the weather-strip and a spacing of 3/8" - 1/2" where slab compresses the weather-strip. Equal at the top and bottom.

    You may have to adjust your frame out on the top or bottom to achieve this. The movement should be kept to a minimum to help allow for the inside casings yet to be applied.
  • 7. Install Dust pads / corner pads on in swing doors only. Place the thicker side behind the weather-stripping.



    Apply sealant if not done already by the manufacturer at the joint where the threshold cap meets the door jambs.
  • 8. Once the Door is level, square and plumb additional frame anchoring can be done now on sidelite doors or garden doors. Mullion covers should be removed from the exterior of the door and screws should be installed on an angle in the top and bottom of both the mullion posts. This ensures less movement during extreme temperature changes.

  • 9. Weatherproof, Finish and maintain your door now. Install any flashings and properly tape and fasten. (see local building codes on this) Caulk around the entire weather side of the door unit sealing along the brickmold to the flashing material or siding, stucco and seal all joints between the jambs and mouldings. Do not forget to seal the bottom of the sill also. Place screws around the brickmold perimeter and countersink and cover with exterior grade putty.

    Add insulation material to the cavity between the opening and the unit to reduce air infiltration and heat transfer. Sunrise Recommends fibreglass insulation and does not recommend spray foam due to expansion rates and misuse.
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