Sliding Doors: Maintenance vs. Repairs

There are plenty of tasks that come up during spring cleaning that we may not want to do. But if you don’t keep up with maintenance, you’ll end up paying for it with repairs down the line. One example is sliding glass doors. They do require care and upkeeps that most find annoying or unpleasant, but it’s better than the expenses you might pay for repairing instead of maintaining. Sometimes as much as repairs in the thousands.  There are only a few components to a sliding glass door.  There is the frame that holds the sliding door, the glass in the center of the panels, a handle, a lock, weather stripping, track, and rollers.

Clean the Tracks of Your Sliding Door

While cleaning the frame and track also make sure to clean and repair the rollers. Using a wire brush to clean them and wipe them down is usually enough to remove stuck on debris from the roller. Depending on the wear and tear you may need to replace them more often. You also should use the same lubricant used on the track on the rollers to give it more of a smooth slider.

How can you fix Your Track?

While you can use an aerosol-based wax spray or WD-40 you may want to use a non-stick silicon-based lube as it won’t freeze in the winter or warp in the summer. The alternative could mean possible rusting, bent or broken tracks, or rollers that would need to be replaced. In Florida specifically, the salty ocean air can cause damage to the rollers that could mean they need replacing more often. While not too expensive at only $6 – $35 for sliding glass door wheel replacements in Fort Lauderdale Florida the salty air could mean more often need to repair them, and it can add up. Maintenance can save you hundreds if not thousands in the long run to prevent the need for repairs.

Cleaning the Track

While cleaning the frame and track also make sure to clean and repair the rollers.  Using a wire brush to clean them and wipe them down is usually enough to remove stuck on debris from the roller. Depending on the wear and tear you may need to replace them more often.  You also should use the same lubricant used on the track on the rollers to give it more of a smooth slider.

Broken Glass can be Repaired

One of the more common problems and one people are more willing to buy a new door than replace it, is when the glass is cracked or breaks. Some companies can come out and repair small cracks or chips in the windows without needing to replace the glass at all. Or if it is cracked or broken a lot of people will throw the whole thing out and get a new door instead of replacing the glass. Repairing the window and replacing the door can be the difference of $100 – $150 for a sliding door window replacement and $300 – $1000 for a whole new sliding door. Maintenance on the glass portion aside from cleaning can also mean replacing torn or cracked weather stripping.

Weather-stripping

The weather-stripping is one of the smaller maintenance issues that can cost you in the long run. If you don’t have a decent weather stripping or sealant than, depending on where you live, you could be paying way too much for heating or cooling if your sliding door isn’t doing its job of being a door.

Lock Issues with Sliding Doors

One of the last of the most common problems is the lock. Because it is a sliding glass door, the lock can have trouble latching correctly. Especially after years of use and possible bending or damage. Before throwing in the towel, you could try a good deep clean as you do with the tracks and rollers. With this, you will lubricate the lock. If part of the problem might be rust, you can use dish soap and baking soda mixture. You will scrub it on with a small brush (possibly toothbrush) and let it sit and harden. Then pour vinegar over it and scrub at it with a brush until clean. This process can help in removing some of the rust and caked on dirt. Though this is one of the least costly ones if you should have to replace it. In fact, a new lock can still run you from $10 – $60 at home improvement stores.

Choose our Team for Your Repair or Replacement Needs

Some things will eventually need replacing even if you maintain them as time affects us all. But managing your sliding glass door will keep it going that much longer. Though if you ever feel out of your depth and unsure on if you can do it yourself there is nothing wrong with contacting professionals who have more experience working with sliding doors.

REVIEWS

We had a sliding glass door that needed repaired. They were recommended to us from another company that did not do that type of work. They arrived the next day to fix the problem. Their customer service and professionalism was outstanding.
Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson
21:40 18 Nov 18
Excellent job! They did everything right. Order was correct and arrived quickly. Price was reasonable. Installation was done efficiently, on time, and perfectly. They were polite and left the workspace clean. Highly recommend.
Mike Rochip
Mike Rochip
15:58 30 Aug 18
Outstanding service! I had called to set up an appointment in advance and they were ready to come over even before I was ready for them. When they came out, they promised that I'd be able to get my door to stop sounding like grinding metal and be smooth enough that I can open/close with just one finger. They delivered on that promise and exceeded my expectations with how much time it would take and the quality of the final product. My door tracks look brand new! Thanks for the amazing service!
Derek Torrence
Derek Torrence
21:52 23 Jul 18
Great work. Showed up exactly when they said they would. They adjusted some of my closet bi-fold doors and my back sliding glass door. All the doors work perfectly now. It was more expensive than I expected, but the work was done quickly and professionally.
Brian Peterson
Brian Peterson
11:56 18 Jun 18
We had a sliding glass door that needed repaired. They were recommended to us from another company that did not do that type of work. They arrived the next day to fix the problem. Their customer service and professionalism was outstanding.
Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson
21:40 18 Nov 18
Excellent job! They did everything right. Order was correct and arrived quickly. Price was reasonable. Installation was done efficiently, on time, and perfectly. They were polite and left the workspace clean. Highly recommend.
Mike Rochip
Mike Rochip
15:58 30 Aug 18
Outstanding service! I had called to set up an appointment in advance and they were ready to come over even before I was ready for them. When they came out, they promised that I'd be able to get my door to stop sounding like grinding metal and be smooth enough that I can open/close with just one finger. They delivered on that promise and exceeded my expectations with how much time it would take and the quality of the final product. My door tracks look brand new! Thanks for the amazing service!
Derek Torrence
Derek Torrence
21:52 23 Jul 18
Great work. Showed up exactly when they said they would. They adjusted some of my closet bi-fold doors and my back sliding glass door. All the doors work perfectly now. It was more expensive than I expected, but the work was done quickly and professionally.
Brian Peterson
Brian Peterson
11:56 18 Jun 18
The best service thank you for coming on time and making sure that my sliding doors will be fixed quickly and in the most good way highly recommended
Galit Shavit
Galit Shavit
18:24 11 Dec 18
Very punctual and professional. Excellent work in an efficient manor. Would certainly recommend them.
Brad Lewis
Brad Lewis
19:59 11 Dec 18
High recomended! They did high quality job very profetional in a reasonable price.
Rebecca Sagrun
Rebecca Sagrun
22:01 11 Dec 18
I'm a property manager and work with a LOT of contractors in south Florida for over the past 10 years. Smooth Sliders showed up, showed up on time, showed up prepared, did an excellent job at a fair price. In other words, they are everything you could possibly want in a good contractor. They know their craft, do it well and do it for a fair price.
J Burres
J Burres
13:35 19 Mar 19
Smooth Sliders answered my inquiry promptly, came to my home quickly, provided knowledgeable information so I could make an informed choice, gave me a quote on the spot, delivered and installed the custom screens in a week's time. Very professional and polite. I highly recommend Smooth Sliders.
Kerstin Mockrish
Kerstin Mockrish
16:32 22 Mar 19
Starting from making an appointment to changing the date, this organization is professional, courteous and follows up on everything. Their staff that comes to do the repairs are polite and do an excellent job in repairs at a good price. Highly recommend to anyone in need of slider maintenance or repairs..
Pam Cavey
Pam Cavey
19:59 18 Apr 19

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