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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...]

Planning Your Wall Spacing for Pocket Doors

Planning Your Wall Spacing for Pocket Doors Before installing pocket doors, it’s important to note that the wall spacing for pocket doors is different than the space needed for hinged doors. If you’re considering installing these doors, whether as a replacement or as part of new construction, here are a few things you should consider. Reasons to Choose a Pocket Door While pocket doors are uncommon, these doors were once a staple in many homes for their space-saving convenience. Now they’re a rare find in modern homes. However, their architectural and aesthetic advantages are appealing to many homeowners, prompting something of a comeback. The number one benefit of having a pocket door is additional space, since it slides into the wall when open. If you have a narrow hall, a pocket door can be a great solution to avoid interfering with traffic. Homeowners may also prefer this type of door for aesthetic purposes. Due to their historical use, they can add a bit of classical elegance … [Read more...]

Sliding Door Locks Repair

Why You Should Replace Your Sliding Door Locks Regularly Regular upkeep of sliding door locks is probably not something you have thought about in your customary home maintenance routines. While keeping locks clean may help extend the life of these mechanisms, if you have already noticed issues with your lock sticking or failing to operate properly, it’s probably time to replace it entirely. Faulty sliding door locks are a safety concern for your family and a security risk for your home, so don’t delay. Replacing Sliding Door Locks in the San Francisco Bay Area You don’t need to beat yourself up over the condition of your sliding door locks. It’s inevitable that your exterior doors will be exposed to the elements in addition to normal wear and tear. In fact, there are several natural occurrences that impact the effectiveness of a lock. Accumulation of dirt, oils and grime Dust, including from inserted keys Typical outdoor weather conditions A quick way to check if your … [Read more...]