Over the years it is very common for all sliding doors to disintegrate, to wear down, to get dirty and have exposure to many of the elements.
If you have kids and they’re going in and out of your doors constantly, then you’re going to find the wear and tear on your door is going to happen at a faster rate.
Like any device, the more you use it, the more wear and tear that gets placed on it.
Not only that but when we go around and fix people’s homes, we do find that a lot of the tracks and the internals are very dirty. As most screen doors or even your patio door are exposed to the elements, they are always going to attract dirt.
It’s like putting oil in your car. If you have any dirt in it, that dirt’s going to be cycling around the engine.
When it comes to a door, that dirt is constantly getting in between the tracks and the rollers, making sure that it can’t roll smoothly.
Basic rules to get your door rolling smoothly
Even basic maintenance might be the first port of call.
If your door is brand new, then just try and make sure you can maintain it, give it a clean, give it a vacuum, wipe it down with a clean cloth every now and again, every couple of months.
It doesn’t need a lot more. If you have a lot of wear and tear and a lot of traffic, then you will have to clean it more often.
As you can appreciate with all these elements, a lot of scratching and deterioration can take place.
For some of you maybe even a stiff metal brush might do the job and enable you to have that door rolling more smoothly.
The key to fixing your sliding doors
What we find over time is the tracks, and the rollers are the key to your sliding door repairs.
The rollers are the ones that need it to roll very smoothly.
Often the rollers are chipped, broken, disintegrated.
If you find your door pops off the tracks now and again, you’ll probably see that the door rollers are now disintegrated, or they’re broken, and that’s causing it to leap off the track or skid and pull. In particular, the roller at the top often gets damaged.
The door may be so heavy that it’s impossible to open.
We look at those couple of things to fix and repair a sliding door. More often than not, replacement rollers are needed at the bottom of the door.
Working with a sliding glass door can be dangerous
Now do keep in mind glass sliding doors can be dangerous. You need professional gear.
You need the suckers to pull the door off safely. They are very heavy, and if you topple it over you can be out for a brand new glass sliding door.
You’re always best off to have a professional look at it.
Usually, depending on the tools that they have, professionals will need two people to work with the door.
However, with some professionals, we can fix a door with one person as a result of having the proper equipment.
Even things as simple as safety goggles, gloves, and glass protecting gloves are so important.
If any door smashes, that glass can break out, fly around, and potentially cut you, so you need to be very careful.
Fixing your sliding door track
When it comes to fixing the sliding door, what we need to do is take it completely off the track. We need to review the track.
You can see what happens when a sliding door track is not fixed (see image below). The problem continues to get worse and worse.
The track is one of the main things. That’s where this heavy door, and doors can weigh anywhere up to 50 or even 100 kilos sometimes, is weighing down on the track.
That’s our first port of call. We want to make sure the tracks are in good working condition.
99% of the time, we need to replace the current track, pull it off, and replace it with a brand new one.
When fixing your sliding door, the rollers are key
Next, we want to have a look at the rollers. To do this, we need to lift the door out and inspect the damage to the rollers.
The rollers are vital. The heavier the door, the higher quality roller that you need.
What we find with modern homes is that they use the cheapest parts, and even some repair people use the cheapest rollers.
As a result, they disintegrate, they break, and they break down very quickly.
We make sure that we’ve got high-quality rollers and it’s important for you to replace the rollers at the base of your door with high-quality rollers if they’re going to last any length of time.
We specialise in fixing broken or stuck sliding doors. We are based in Sydney and are a quick phone call away to get a free quote.
We will ask you a few questions to get to know your issue and will then give you a quote.