If you are reading this page then you likely know how frustrating it is when your sliding door no longer slides correctly. There are many common sliding door problems and in our 10+ years of fixing them, the frustration for many becomes unbearable.
Sliding doors become heavy, impossible to move and can be so bad, people stop going in and out that door.
Today we are going to take a look at the top 5 common sliding door problems and how to fix them.
Common types of sliding doors in Australia
There are many types of sliding doors but many fall into the following categories:
- Aluminium sliding doors
- Glass sliding doors
- Internal sliding doors
- Patio sliding doors
- Wooden sliding doors
- Wardrobe sliding doors
- Front entrance sliding doors
- Sliding bi-fold doors
Each door type has certain issues that can go wrong with it. We are going to uncover the 5 most common sliding door problems you are likely to encounter around your home.
It goes without saying that your door allows you, your family and friends to enter and leave the house.
But many doors are designed to add character and architectural charm to the house. Some doors add natural light and allow ventilation.
However, homeowners must familiarise themselves with common sliding door problems, such as broken rollers, lock misalignment, the collapse of the bottom section and worn tracks.
Here are the Top 5 Common Sliding Door Problems
- Broken rollers within your sliding door
If the guides or rollers have been mechanically damaged, the door will not slide freely. This is by far our most common complaint from those we have been fixing for more than 10 years.
Many often believe they need to replace the whole door and pay thousands. But that is not the case.
In every circumstance, we have been able to rectify the issue, replace the broken and worn rollers and install high-quality sliding door rollers. This means your door will be able to slide like new again and with just one finger. Effortless.
The look on people’s faces once we have fixed their sliding door is priceless. Sheer delight.
2. The track is completely worn down
Some of the functional issues start when the track is damaged or obstructed. You will often hear a scraping sound.
This is when the track is getting stripped and making it harder and hard to slide smoothly.
Partitions that are loose or damaged are dangerous and need to be repaired or replaced.
In some cases, the track must be straightened and in many cases, we replace them completely.
And it is for this reason we have so much success with our clients in repairing their track.
It is literally like a new door has been installed but without the thousands of dollars in cost.
3. Faulty locking mechanisms
Faulty locking mechanisms cause security problems. Problems with locking mechanisms are common. When your sliding door rollers break and the door collapses, not only can you not move it but the locks no longer align.
We have some clients who have to lift their door up each time in order to align the door and the lock.
This is not what you want to have.
You need your door to align correctly so you can lock the door with ease. Your family’s security is too high a priority.
We have one of Sydney’s best Door Lock Repair services in Sydney as we can machine your tracks and align your lock perfectly.
4. Bottom of the door has collapsed
Damaged frames are a common problem with sliding doors often due to excessive force when opening and closing the door. The problem can be triggered by damaged or improperly fitted hardware or dirty rails.
Among the common functional or sliding door problems are the damage to the materials (rotten wood and deformation of the metal). It is difficult to open and close a door if the hinges are damaged or improperly installed.
If the problem is not corrected, the door and frame may be damaged. It can be difficult to open and close a deformed door and it will be sensitive to leaks when closed.
5. You have low-quality rollers which keep breaking
The sliding door may not slide easily because low-quality rollers keep breaking. When the roller becomes chipped or broken, they must be replaced.
What you have to be very careful of is leaving it too long as the broken roller can do damage to the track. If the track needs to be repaired it can extend the whole process of fixing your sliding door.
As you can see, these 5 common sliding door problems account for more than 80% of the issues Lock Roll and Tracks can fix.
The first step in our process is to ask a few specific questions to understand exactly what the issue is and find a solution for you.
So, get in touch with our team via the details below today.
We service the Greater Sydney area including Parramatta, The Hills District, Carlingford, Blacktown, Marsden, Chatswood, Penrith and Eastern Suburbs. Let’s chat on the phone, provide you with a quote, get a convenient time and get your door back up and running fast.