How to Replace Glass Insert for Exterior Door

by TaylorDoorCo on September 3, 2013


When that old door glass breaks on the front of your entry door, the first thing that probably comes to your mind, is to call a repairman. Why is this? It is so simple to replace a glass insert for an exterior door yourself.  With these easy to follow steps and just a few tools from around your home and you will have a beautiful exterior door again.  The only item you will most likely need to purchase is a new glass insert section.  Follow these simple steps and save yourself some money!

Tools Needed to Replace a Glass Insert

  • Metal Putty Knife
  • Caulk/ Caulk Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Work Gloves
  • Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Replacing Glass Insert for Exterior Door

These are the steps to removing the existing broken glass and then adding the new glass insert.  When buying the new glass section be sure to measure a few a times and buy the correct size.  The last thing you want is to have your door taken off and then have the wrong size glass and be doorless.  Once sure you have the right size follow these steps.

  1. Take the door off the hinges
  2. Remove the exterior screws on the door
  3. Remove the frame, so the door glass is easily accessible
  4. With putty knife remove the caulk from the glass and remove the piece and dispose of it
  5. Gently lay the new glass insert into place
  6. Caulk the outer layer of the glass insert and place door frame back on
  7. Flip the door over and attach the other side of the frame
  8. Take the screws and re screw them back in, then reattach the door to the hinges

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