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...]

Patio doors that are constantly used are particularly prone to the effects of debris in the track. But even lightly used closet sliders become difficult to operate after awhile.The biggest reason sliding doors become balky is due to debris that accumulates in the track at the base of the doors. Over time, mud, hair, dirt, dead insects, and nearly invisible pollen become lodged in the track, wearing down the rollers at the base of a slider. At A-1 On Track, we find that it’s common that sliding glass doors in Bay Area homes need repairs after just 10 years of use. Regular cleaning of the tracks is the most effective way to keep sliding doors operable. Routine maintenance sounds obvious but is overlooked by most homeowners. After all, the doors work fine 99 percent of the time. We suggest that every few weeks, vacuum out the tracks of the sliding glass doors in your home. Then take a damp rag, wipe down the tracks, and dry them with a second rag. If you have several sliders, do … [Read more...]