Did you know that you could extend the life of your sliding glass doors for years, with proper maintenance? Practicing a few common sense ideas will save you both money, and aggravation. Here are a few things you should know about your sliding glass doors.
First of all you'll want to realize that sliding glass doors have moving parts, and that anything with moving parts has the potential to wear down, and wear out. The door's moving parts consist of, rollers, wheels, locks, latches, etc. The non-moving parts that come in contact with the moving parts are things like the tracks, the frame, the glass, etc. Many of these things can wear out or break if they're not taken care of properly and maintained on a regular basis.
There is also the potential for doors to stick when parts wear out, or debris and junk builds up in the tracks (usually the bottom track). Debris builds up because people and pets step over the track all the time, and drop dust, dirt, and sand from their shoes and feet into the track. Animals and humans also shed hair all the time, and that hair builds up in the track if it's not removed. Not to mention leaves and grass and other things that blow in from outside.
Here's a short list of things you can do to keep your sliding glass doors in tip top shape for years to come:
• Use a brush, or a vacuum attachment to loosen any debris that may be stuck in the track.
• Keep the track free from dirt and pet hair that gets caught up in the rollers by vacuuming the track out on a regular basis.
• Use a nonstick silicon lubricant spray to make sure the door moves smoothly. Do not use just any lubricant (WD-40 is not a good choice for this job).
If the door is in really bad shape because of neglect, damage, or a broken part, taking it off the tracks, and cleaning and fixing the internal parts of the door and the track can often have it working like new. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, this could be a good weekend project. If you're doing it yourself you should be strong and experienced with fixing things, because it can be dangerous dealing with a heavy door, and a large piece of glass. Also, adjusting the rollers can be a bit difficult unless you know what you're doing. If you have a better way to spend your days off, a professional can usually knock out the project for you in no time.
If you're having problems with your sliding glass doors in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, or the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County, R C Windows & Doors will be happy to come out and let you know what it will take to get your sliding glass door sliding and gliding like new. Just contact us here, or give us a call at 561-966-1102 for a no obligation quote and excellent service.
REPLACING BROKEN WINDOW GLASS
When replacing broken window glass, there are a few questions that need to be asked. First, is the window wood, aluminum, or vinyl? Here in South Florida these are the three main types and each one has to be approached differently. Next, is the window a single hung, double hung, awning, ect.? Finally, is the window glass impact or non-impact? Clear or tinted?
Wood windows are usually in older homes and the glass is normally single-strength, clear glass that is putty glazed in the window sash. Aluminum windows are a bit different for replacing broken window glass. Normally the glass is set in the frame with silicone and is held in place with aluminum glazing bead to hold it there while the silicone dries. Then there are the vinyl windows. When replacing broken window glass in vinyl windows there are a couple different ways to do so, depending on the type of vinyl window you have. In a lot of the higher quality vinyl windows it is similar to the aluminum windows, there is a silicone or a two sided sticky tape for setting the glass in the frame and a snap bead holds it there firmly in place. Then there are the vinyl windows that the whole sash has to be replaced because that is how they are made.
For the homeowner that likes to do-it-yourself, remember safety first. Use safety goggles and protective glass gloves. If you don't feel comfortable changing broken window glass, you can always Google search the internet to find a professional in you local area or contact us.