There are two types of doors which are the easiest to open and do not have hinges at all; rather, they slide on tracks. Sliding-glass doors are at the moment a trendy feature in rooms with patios or decks since their full length glass panels can open up a kitchen or room visually to the great outdoors while providing easy access to your decking or patio. Follow these very simple repairs as well as maintenance methods to always keep your sliding doors on track.
Getting you patio doors to slide as good as new.
Patio doors are supposed to freely slide horizontally without any pressure being put on them – well that is what they are supposed to do. All too often, these huge, pesky contraptions can stubbornly resist opening, and the simple procedure of getting into your garden can become very tiresome, trying to open your patio doors can be like dragging a fridge through a sandpit.
Probably the most common cause of a sticking patio door is actually clutter in the tracks, the lower track being the main culprit. This track quickly gets clogged up with grime and foliage because folks and pets walk over it when they go in and out of the house. Every time you do the vacuuming, use a little brush attachment or perhaps cordless vacuum to thoroughly clean the sliding door tracks as well. Apply a lubricant to each lower and upper track to always keep the door hardware clean and working readily.
In addition to cleaning and lubricating sliding door tracks, you may want to lubricate the door lock as well. The most effective way to lubricate most locks is usually to disassemble it and use of an aerosol lubricant such as WD40 to flush away grime and coat the moving parts of the lock.
Sometimes, patio doors start to be difficult to open even when the tracks are actually clean. In these instances, the issue is generally that the rollers at the bottom part of the door have began to rub against the track. The rollers at the top part also can wear down, reducing the bottom part of the door so it rubs on the track.
Most sliding doors have a mechanism referred to as an adjusting screw placed at the bottom part of the doorstep finishes. Turning the screw can raise or lower the roller. Give the screw a clockwise turn to test to see whether the door slides much easier. If the door becomes even tougher to open, turn the screw in the opposite direction. By doing a few adjustments, the patio door should be able to roll quickly without rubbing on the bottom track.