How Do You Remove A Doorway On An Exterior Wall?


The easy solution is to remove the existing doors’ hinges and replace them with “Swing Clear Hinges”. “Swing Clear Hinges” move the pivot point of the hinge from the edge of the doorway to about 2″ out of the doorway. So now when the door opens 90 degrees, the doorway is not restricted by the thickness of the door.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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It’ll cost an average of $1,800 to close up the old opening. This means framing the opening and hanging drywall. Framing costs about $10 per square foot while drywall runs an additional $1.50 per square foot.

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After removing an exterior door, you need to insulate the framing you’ve added in the door opening before you cover the interior wall, and you usually need to install plywood sheathing and tar paper on the outside. Covering an exterior doorway can present a challenge if your siding material doesn’t lend itself well to patching.

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There are other options available as well as frame ties. Using a sharp pair of tin snips you can cut some lengths of Builders Band or Expanded metal lathing and bend the lengths into shape. These can then be fixed to the wall as you would the frame ties. The image above shows an old window having been blocked up.

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