FAQs for Sliding Door Repairs
Here are the top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Sliding Door Repairs.
- How do you fix a sliding door?
This is the most common question we get asked. I have spent more than 10 years perfecting the process on how to fix a sliding door. Fixing a sliding door is not something that is ‘simple’ to do. There are so many components to a sliding door that need to be considered. At its most basic, to fix a sliding door you need to have high-quality sliding door rollers and a heavy-duty track that is able to withstand the constant wear and tear of opening and closing your door.
- Can sliding doors be adjusted?
Sliding doors can be adjusted but if they are broken, you have to remove and replace the rollers on the door. It is usually commercial doors and hydraulic transom door closers which can be adjusted. Normal sliding doors cannot be adjusted but instead, the rollers and tracks need to be replaced.
- Can aluminium sliding glass doors be repaired?
Yes. In fact, aluminium sliding glass doors are our most common repair all across Sydney. Most sliding doors are aluminium. The weight is in the glass and so the frame is usually made out of light-weight material like aluminium. Most times, you can just focus on replacing the sliding door rollers and then re-capping the track. But you might want to check the integrity of the door to make sure it is still safe and not causing ongoing damage to the internal components of your door and the frame.
- How much does it cost to repair a sliding door?
The cost to repair a sliding door depends on a number of factors. I’d love to be able to give a specific figure but every door is specific. Some doors are so badly damaged that we have to repair the actual door frame, which takes more time. Other times the job is a matter of removing and replacing the rollers plus stripping back the track to a bare minimum then putting a brand new steel capping over the top. This means the roller will fit perfectly to your new track, giving you the longest possible time for future use.
- How do you remove a sliding glass door?
Any time you work with glass you MUST have the correct safety material. Glass shatters and can cause serious damage to your floors or carpets when it breaks. You must have the correct gear to safely remove a sliding glass door.
- How do you repair a wardrobe sliding door?
Wardrobe sliding door repairs are one of our most common repairs. The internal parts of a wardrobe sliding door can be quite tricky and require knowledge in how to remove and replace the internal components. Inevitably, you need to replace the cracked or chipped rollers and make sure the track is running smoothly. If you don’t repair the track it can often damage the new rollers and you need to replace them again shortly after fixing them.
- How do you install a sliding door track?
Repairing a sliding door track is one of the tricks of the trade. It is our most vital aspect to our sliding door repairs and took our team years to perfect. Most people simply put a new capping over the top. But this causes the rollers to expand and break quickly. Instead, what you need to do is machine the old track back to a stump so you remove all the gauges and problems on the existing track. Then you need to custom lay a new sliding door track over the top of the current one. Once this is done, you know for sure the track is custom built to fit the new rollers.
- How do you clean sliding door tracks?
Never use oil. To clean sliding door tracks, use a vacuum clean to remove any obvious bits of dirt and grime. Then you can use a disposable wipe to really get in there and give it a good clean. Oil based products are a big no-no. Do not use them. You can use things like rubbing alcohol and so-on to give it a really good clean and provide enough traction for the rollers to roll smoothly.
- What are French sliding doors?
French sliding doors look fantastic. French sliding doors have the iconic squares within the sliding door frame. They are usually white in colour and really create a stylish look and feel in your home. They are often made out of Timber but can be done in white aluminium as well.
- How do I fix a sliding door lock?
Normally, to fix a sliding door lock you need to replace the entire thing. But it is possible that your sliding door lock has become difficult to open as a result your sliding door rollers being damaged and therefore your door has dropped. We often fix sliding door locks for those whose door has worn or damaged rollers and the track is chipped and no longer smooth. Once we replace the badly damaged rollers with high-quality rollers, the door lock lines up perfectly and locks every time with ease. Our number one priority with your family is safety. You must have a fully working sliding door lock.
- Is it expensive to fix a sliding door?
Fixing a sliding door is very cheap relative to replacing your current door with a new one. Unless you really dislike the look and feel of your current door, it will always be less expensive to fix your sliding door rather than replace it. The best thing to do is to get a free quote on your sliding door repair and we can discuss exactly what your needs are and fit it in with your budget. But one thing is for sure, no matter your investment in getting your sliding door repaired, we guarantee it will slide with one finger with ease.
- What are the main types of sliding doors?
There are a few main types of sliding doors including:
- Aluminium sliding doors
- Cavity sliding doors
- Timber sliding doors
- Screen sliding doors
- Wardrobe sliding doors
- French sliding doors
- Glass sliding doors
- Commercial sliding doors
- Sliding door closers
- Internal sliding doors
- Electronic sliding doors
- Automatic sliding doors
Plus there are likely a few others too.
- Can sliding doors be replaced?
Yes but this is very expensive. Unless the structural integrity of your door is compromised, you will have more money in your pocket and a similar result if you get your door repaired rather than replaced.
- Which sliding doors are the best?
The best sliding doors come down to personal preference. Having said that, we have put together a helpful page to outline the top 10 sliding door brands you might want to consider as a short list.
- Why has my sliding door become difficult to move?
Your sliding door is difficult to move due to a number of reasons. The main one is general wear and tear and years of use. It is a door with moving parts after all. You wouldn’t think twice about getting your car serviced to increase mileage, so you must think of your door as needing basic maintenance and repair as well. The most common sliding door problems are broken rollers and a damaged track.