Sliding patio doors are a great option for any home. They are convenient to use and look great. They can also be energy savers. When you consider that 30% of your home’s heat is lost because of windows and doors, you can see how important it is to have those energy-saving sliding patio doors installed.
Getting the most out of your sliding doors relies heavily on how you care for them. With some simple steps, you can keep your doors functioning and looking great for years to come.
Caring for Your Patio Doors
Sliding patio doors Scottsdale residents enjoy for years are well-cared for doors. At no point should you have to jiggle, pull, shove or drag your door across the track if you take the steps to maintain your door properly.
The primary culprit in sliding glass door failure is the rollers. On the bottom of your sliding glass door there are rollers that roll along the track (the stationary part of your door frame). The rollers should slide smoothly across the track, but if there is dirt or debris built up they will not.
Typically sliding door materials are low maintenance, but not no maintenance. Every six months or so you should be taking the time to care for your door.
All you need is a few household tools and about 20 minutes to take care of things and make sure that your sliding doors continue to slide easily. Follow these steps.
Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to remove loose debris on the track. Vacuuming the track on both the bottom of the door and the top of the door will help the rollers to move freely.
Use a damp cloth, not a wet one, to wipe the track down. Let the area dry thoroughly and be sure wring out the cloth well.
While you are waiting for the track to dry, it is a good time to clean the glass. You can use a glass cleaner to clean the glass. Wipe down the handles and the frame while of your vinyl patio doors while you are at it.
Use a high-quality silicone lubricant spray on the track and the rollers. You will now have a sliding glass door that slides along the track effortlessly.