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 build 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 silicone 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.