Expert Advice on How to Size Your Pet Door Considering a pet door for Fido or Fifi? It’s a great idea! Even well trained pets can have the occasional accident, which means having to clean up the mess when you get home. With a safe entry and exit in your absence, your beloved animals can relieve themselves without the stress of holding it in. Modern designs are easy for your four-legged friends to use. They are also secure and can be locked at night. To make the most of your investment, learn how to size your pet door correctly. Three Tips for Choosing a Pet Door Measure your pet: Measure your dog or cat’s height from the ground and the widest part of their bodies. If you have multiple pets, take measurements of the tallest and the shortest one. We recommend creating a mock opening first (using a cardboard cutout) for them to walk through. You may have to use treats to get them on board with the idea of a pet door. Weigh your cat or dog: This affects the durability of the door … [Read more...]

Tips for Protecting Sliding Doors from Storm Damage Sliding glass doors are a popular choice with Bay Area homeowners for areas leading to the backyard or patio. They add style, bring in natural light, and offer clear views. However, they are susceptible to damage from flying objects during a storm and when breached, can allow debris and water into your home. Here are some tips for protecting your beautiful sliding doors and your home from storm damage. 5 Ways to Protect Your Sliding Patio Doors during California Storms  Choose the right landscaping materials: Strong winds turn small rocks and gravel into deadly objects that can shatter your glass patio door. Use mulch to lower the risk of breakage and any injuries from flying glass. This article in The Hartford’s Extra Mile also recommends flagstone walkways and asphalt or cement driveways to minimize storm damage. Install storm shutters on your doors: They are easy to close and prevent rocks and any unsecured objects … [Read more...]

Useful Tips for Cleaning Glass and Sliding Doors Sliding glass doors offer a clear view of your landscape and are a great source of natural light. Since they slide rather than swing, they also occupy less space. Available in elegant styles with customization options and easy-to-use, they are a preferred choice of Bay Area homeowners. To keep them looking shiny and new, here are some tips for cleaning glass and sliding doors. How to Maintain Your Glass and Sliding Patio Doors Glass: For a clear view and optimal natural light, always keep the glass clean. Wipe the inside and outside with soft cloth and mild soapy water. Use newspaper to dry the glass. It absorbs the moisture and removes any scum, leaving a glossy, clean finish. Doorframe: Remember to clean the area around the glass. Smudges and smears give the doorframe a grungy appearance. Cleaning procedures depend on the doorframe material. To clean vinyl and wood frames, wipe with a soft cloth dipped in a mild solution … [Read more...]

Pet Door Security Tips from Bay Area Door Experts Pet doors are convenient. Even when you are away, your dog or cat can access your yard to do their business, or get outside for some fresh air and exercise. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up accidents around your house. The down side is that these doors can also provide easy access to burglars. Here are some valuable pet door security tips that will help keep your Bay Area home safe from intruders and critters. How to Secure Your Pet Door Lock the security tabs at night, and when you are away. Most pet doors have locking tabs to secure the panels. These are only accessed from inside. While your pet cannot go out when the door is locked, unwanted visitors cannot get in. Keep the key out of reach: Don’t make the mistake of leaving it near the pet door for convenience. There are instances where intruders have stolen keys using wire hangers inserted through gaps in pet doors. Consider an electronic lock. If it’s time to … [Read more...]

Trusted Experts for Common Sliding Glass Door Repairs Sliding glass doors offer beautiful vistas of your garden or the Bay Area seascape. Elegant, convenient, and easy-to-use, they provide easy access to your balcony or backyard, and bring in fresh air. However, with neglect or wear, they may sometimes get stuck and will not open or shut smoothly. Here are 5 common glass sliding door repairs that our technicians perform on a regular basis: Rusted, bent or broken rollers: Daily wear and the salty Bay Area air can take a toll on your sliding door’s rollers. Replacing rusted metal rollers or broken plastic ones is not a DIY job. It involves removing the heavy door, remounting it, and then adjusting it to the correct height. To avoid operational issues and ensure safety, you should call an experienced technician for the job. Bent or broken track: Bent tracks can prevent your door from moving smoothly or cause it to get stuck. Wrestling with your door to make it slide may pull … [Read more...]

Tips for New Sliding Glass Door Installation Sliding glass doors are a beautiful addition to any living space that opens up to a balcony or backyard. They make the room look bigger by allowing in more natural light and brightening up the interiors. Here are some useful tips for your new sliding glass door installation. Pick a style: Choose from a variety of sliding door options to match your unique requirements. For example, pocket doors slide conveniently into the wall to completely open up your space. Larger openings, on the other hand, may include more than two panels. These doors are also available in many glass types. Choose clear glass to open up the view for your kitchen or family room. To let natural light into your tub and shower area, clear glass is again, a good choice. If privacy is a priority, tinted or frosted glass might be a better option. You may also want to consider glass with UV protection for greater energy efficiency. Consider size: This is an … [Read more...]

Effective Sliding Door Security Ideas Keep Your Home Safe With so many ideas for sliding door security available, burglars should find it nearly impossible to break into your home. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t always take precautions to prevent break-ins. A-1 On Track, the sliding door contractors, frequently repairs patio and rear porch sliders broken by intruders. In many cases, the damaged doors and subsequent break-in could have been prevented. Burglars target sliding glass doors because the doors’ back-of-the-house location offers less chance of being seen by neighbors or anyone passing by. Many intruders think breaking the glass is an easier way to get inside a house than busting down a conventional door. One security measure is elemental: Remember to lock your doors before leaving the house. Homeowners who routinely lock the front door often forget to lock sliding doors, or mistakenly think locking them is unnecessary because they are in the rear of a house. When … [Read more...]

Replacing a Sliding Screen Door Replacing your sliding screen door may be a good idea if it takes the strength of two people to open or shut it. When your slider has reached the end of its usefulness, it’s time to take your pick from the many models available online or at home improvement stores. A professional contractor such as A-1 On Track can install a sliding screen door in a couple of hours. You’ll be enjoying a quality door that operates smoothly for years to come. However, in many cases, replacing a sliding screen door isn’t necessary. Basic repairs can make your door work and look like new. When Your Sliding Screen Door Just Needs Repairs Damaged wheels are a common reason that sliding screen doors drag and stick. Years of use and dirty tracks take their toll on wheels. Get your sliders operating smoothly once again. Remove the screen door by lifting it out of the frame with a screwdriver. Replace the old wheels with new ones purchased at a hardware or home … [Read more...]

Pocket Door Installation in a Home Remodel You may believe you thought of everything in your home renovation design, but have you considered the potential of pocket doors? A-1 On Track provides many types of pocket door installations in home remodels. Pocket doors were hugely popular around the turn of the 20th century and are making a comeback with homeowners. Because pocket doors slide into the wall when open, they are much more practical than hinged doors when space is at a premium. Pocket doors are ideal for Jack-and-Jill bathrooms, for example, where a couple of swinging doors would eat up valuable space. Pocket doors also save space in closets or small rooms. Pocket doors make great room dividers, too. You may expand your dining area to accommodate twice as many people by installing pocket doors into your adjacent living area. Closing the doors makes for a more intimate experience. New construction, or a home remodel in which floor plans are being reconfigured, … [Read more...]

Benefits of Installing a Pet Door for Your Dog or Cat You owe it to yourself - and your dog or cat - to install a door that gives them the freedom to come and go. Some of the benefits of providing pet doors for your furry friends: Easy access to the outdoors for your pet. With a pet door, your dog or cat can easily head outside when the urge arises, avoiding an indoor accident. Also, animals that are cooped up inside all day can become bored and listless. A dog or cat with access to even a small yard or outdoor area will get exercise and stimulation even when you’re away from home. Who let the dogs out? Not you. A pet door means you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night or during a favorite TV show to open the door and let the dog or cat outside. A pet door also takes the worry out of being at work each day and unable to let the animals out. Less reliance on kenneling. Leaving pets at a kennel while you are on vacation can be expensive and traumatic … [Read more...]