Sliding doors can be a pretty and practical addition to your home. This style of door usually serves as an entryway to a patio or garden, connecting the inside and outside portions of your house. Since sliding doors are generally made of large panes of glass, they allow a lot of natural light in, creating a bright and welcoming space.
Additionally, large sliding or screen glass doors allow for a panoramic view of your yard from the inside, creating an aesthetically pleasing flow between your house’s interior and exterior. This unobstructed view to the outdoors can be especially practical if you have kids or pets that you want to keep an eye on.
Aesthetic advantages aside, sliding doors are simply convenient. Instead of swinging open on a hinge, the door slides back and forth on a track, allowing for easy opening and closing. While this is a practical system, it can become faulty with time as the rollers or track they’re on wear down with consistent use. Continue reading to get more details on the common issues you may experience with your patio door and provides DIY tips for how to fix them.
The severity of the issues varies significantly. Some of the problems can be easily fixed yourself. Others require a professional handyman to complete the patio door repair. For example, in the case of broken glass or a damaged frame, it’s best to call a pro. These issues may require a new door installation. In contrast, a broken screen can typically be fixed yourself.
Take the sliding door out
The fixes are best done with the door removed from the frame. A bottom-supported door can be lifted off the tracks by lifting straight up and then angling the bottom of the door outward. If you’re dealing with a heavy glass door, have a second person stand by for support. You don’t want to end up paying for glass door repair services because you dropped them.
Clean the sliding door track
A dirty sliding door track can get gunked up with dirt, pollen, dust, and grime, impeding sliding. First, use a handheld vacuum to remove debris. Then, clean the tracks using a stiff-bristled brush and soapy water. Finish up by spraying the track with silicone to lubricate it. For the bottom track, which has to support the weight of the door, consider adding additional lubricant by rubbing it down with a block of paraffin wax.
Adjust or replace the door rollers
Once the door is out of the frame, take a look at the rollers. If they are dirty, clean them with an old toothbrush and some water. Then, apply a few drops of silicone lubricant. The rollers should spin easily. If the rollers are cracked, bent, or worn down, they will need replacing. You can buy a new pair at a hardware store. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the existing roller in place and pry it out of the doorjamb. Then, screw in the new rollers.