What an annoyance when you’re in a rush or have your hands full and you go to open your sliding patio door, but it’s stuck. This is not only frustrating because it slows you down, it can be a real safety hazard too.
Customers who have come to us with the intention of replacing their sliding door have made it clear that they don’t want to spend money installing a new one that’s going to get stuck just like their last one did. I agree and don’t want that for anyone either!
It’s important to first understand why sliding doors don’t work properly so that you can make an informed choice about what to replace yours with, so here’s why…
The vast majority of sliding doors that malfunction have a single roller system and are made of aluminum. Over time and with continued exposure to the weather and traffic, the pliable aluminum gets pitted and worn. The track can become dirty, rusty or even misshapen which can cause big problems.
This means you have to jiggle, tug or even force the sliding door just to get it to move so that you can go in and out of your house.
Cleaning the track and rollers to remove any mud, food, hair, plant matter or other debris and build up can help. You might also need to replace certain components of the roller system if they are worn out or rusted.
Or, you might choose to replace the entire sliding door so that you can put behind you all of the hassles of opening and closing one that’s not working well.
A high quality sliding patio door will stand up to weather and usage over the years. It will have a sturdier track and frame made of steel or baked aluminum. It will also include a dual roller system with a leveling component to keep the door gliding smoothly back and forth whenever you want it to.
And along with this ease and function, you don’t have to give up style and safety. Sliding doors are available in many different colors and you can choose decorative features such as grilles or grids. They are also made from tempered glass designed to stand up to the weather and wear and tear. A heavy duty locking system on the door– including a footlock which acts as a kind of deadlock– will keep your family safe and your house secure.
If going in and out of your home’s sliding door has become a stressful experience, I encourage you to consider replacing it with one that will look great and operate as it’s meant to for years to come.