The humid beach climate of Southwest Florida makes it challenging to keep your glass sliding doors in excellent condition. Salt water, sand, humidity, and simple everyday wear and tear can damage the door and tracks, making it difficult to open and close the doors. Fortunately, we know how to make a sliding door slide easier. There are a few things you can do as a homeowner first. If those do not work, it may be time to reach out to the professionals.
Find out what you can do to make your sliding doors open and close more smoothly and when you might need the help of the pros at Storm Solutions to get your sliding glass door back to working the way it should.
When You Can Do It Yourself
When your sliding door becomes hard to open, you may have a problem with the door itself. The problem could also be with the door's track. Your first inclination might be to try to fix the problem yourself. Depending on the issue, this may be possible. Some things that make a sliding glass door hard to open are simple and a bit of cleaning and adjustment can have the doors working like new again. Here are a couple of things you can try.
- If the problem is with the door, you might be able to adjust the height of the wheels that roll in the track, which is controlled by adjustment screws. With a screwdriver, you can turn the screws clockwise to increase the gap between the door and the track to at least 1/8 inch.
- If the problem is with an obstructed track, you can open the door all the way and vacuum out the track or clean it with a wire brush. Dirt in the track not only makes the door hard to manage, but can lead to damage to the door if it jumps the tracks when it hits an impediment. If the door still sticks after cleaning, spray the track with silicone lubricant or powdered graphite.
These problems can occur regardless of whether you have a regular sliding door with two flat panels, a pocket door that slides into the wall, or folding, French, hinged, or swinging doors. Hurricane sliding doors occasionally have problems, as well. Even doors that are guaranteed not to swell, rust, or splinter can develop problems with the track, frame, or lock. If adjusting the door and cleaning the track doesn't work, you may have a problem that requires professional help.
For Best Results, Call A Professional
Some problems with your sliding door track are more serious and require removing the door or replacing the damaged track. Most homeowners should leave these jobs to an experienced professional. Sliding glass doors are heavy, cumbersome to remove, and easily shattered if you drop them or place them on an uneven work surface. The track, though sturdy, won’t do its job if you accidentally bend it in the process of trying to fix it. The door system can also have a damaged frame or lock that can be rendered "unfixable" by someone who is inexperienced.
To prevent turning a job that requires minor repairs into a major replacement project, call a professional window and door contractor like Storm Solutions when you have a problem with your sliding doors. We can give you an honest assessment of whether we can perform a successful repair or if you should choose a replacement that will provide better protection for your home and greater convenience for you.
While Storm Solutions can service and repair any brand of sliding glass on the market, we install high-quality PGT WinGuard, PGT Premier Vue, CGI, and WinDoor non-impact and impact sliding glass doors that exceed building codes.
If you live in the Southwest Florida areas between Naples, Fort Myers, and Port Charlotte, let Storm Solutions handle your sliding door problems. With both scheduled service calls and 24-hour emergency service, we can quickly restore your doors to their original function, so they will open and close more smoothly. If your door is too damaged to be repaired, or you want to update your doors, we offer a wide range of modern door types to enhance the beauty and function of your home. Just check out our website or call us today at 239-288-0894 with your questions or to schedule an appointment.