Sliding Door Won’t Unlock

My Sliding Door Won't Unlock – Now What? When a sliding glass door doesn't unlock, it can be tempting to call a locksmith. However, a little troubleshooting could restore your slider to working order without the unnecessary expense of a door lock professional. Tips for Solving Your Bay Area Sliding Door Issues If your sliding door is stuck, try these simple tricks before turning to professional assistance: Check yourself. First, make sure you haven't confused the slider door key with one for another door in your home. (You won't be the first person slapping yourself on the forehead because you used the wrong key.) Also, make sure you are turning the key in the right direction. Depending on how the slider was installed, it could unlock either way.  Look for reinforcements. It's very common for sliding glass doors leading to outdoor areas to have additional security reinforcements. Ensure that you have released all locks, brackets, bars, and bolts, checking … [Read more...]

Increase the Security of Your Sliding Glass Door

4 Ways to Increase the Security of Your Sliding Glass Door Sliding glass doors are equipped with simple locking mechanisms, making them a common point of weakness when it comes to the security of your home. Luckily, with a few reinforcements, you can increase the security of your sliders, sending would-be burglars on their way. Step 1: Beef Up Your Latch The easiest way to bolster the security of your door is to add beefier locks in addition to its standard locking mechanism. Inexpensive and easy-to-install, incorporating a keyed sliding door lock or sliding door loop lock can help hold your sliding glass door in place, protecting it from being jiggled off-track. Step 2: Throw a Wrench in the Works Another way to prevent your sliding door from being dislodged from the tracks is by popping in a window security bar. For added security, and to reduce the likelihood of needing sliding glass door repair, you can also add shatter-proof glass protection film. … [Read more...]

Sliding Patio Door Threshold Maintenance

Extend Sliding Patio Door Life with Threshold Maintenance Your sliding patio door threshold is an essential part of your interior and exterior décor, and it also prevents damage to your sliding door. It’s critical that your door thresholds offer adequate drainage, especially for doors that face the prevailing weather. Clogged or improperly installed thresholds can cause several problems. To keep your sliding patio door threshold looking beautiful and functioning properly, regular maintenance is essential. Common Sliding Patio Door Threshold Problems Why is sliding patio door maintenance so important? Here are three problems that can arise from too much accumulated moisture: Rust: damages the metal of your sliding door frame as well as other support components. It can also cause friction, stopping doors from sliding smoothly across the track. Excessive wear: For patio doors to function optimally, rollers and track surfaces need to be working at 100 percent. Moisture … [Read more...]

Using Sliding Door Adjustment Screws

Using Sliding Door Adjustment Screws Sliding doors allow you to immerse yourself in your gorgeous backyard garden or balcony, watching the sunrise over breakfast. Few things are more frustrating than having a sticky sliding door get in the way of your plans. One solution to sliding door problems is to use the sliding door adjustment screws. What Are Sliding Door Adjustment Screws? Sliding door adjustment screws are designed to keep the door level, balanced between the top and bottom tracks. When a door becomes misaligned, these screws let you correct the problem. Every sliding door is slightly different, but you can generally find the adjustment screws near the top or bottom inside edges of each door, in pairs. To lower your doors, you must turn the screws counterclockwise — to the left. To raise them, you’ll need to apply upward pressure while simultaneously rotating the screws clockwise. When Is It Time to Call an Expert? Simple maintenance tasks for sliding … [Read more...]

Sliding Door Problems May Be Related to Having the Wrong Wheels Installed

Sliding Door Problems May Be Related to Having the Wrong Wheels Installed Few things in a home are more frustrating than when your sliding door doesn’t easily open or close, especially during the winter months. If you’re having trouble opening and closing your sliding door, the wrong sliding door wheels could be causing the problem. Installing the wrong wheels can end up causing serious problems because the wheels don’t match the tracks that they’re supposed to glide on. Materials Matter When it comes to installing sliding doors, the installer needs to consider the types of materials used. It’s common for people who have worn-out sliding door wheels to replace them with steel garage door wheels. Unfortunately, if they are used in a door installed with aluminum tracks, it can cause big problems later on. Steel is a harder material and can cause gouges and worn tracks if used with aluminum. In some cases, the entire track will need to be replaced. What to Do If You Have the Wrong … [Read more...]