Owning a home often requires a bit of elbow grease and minor repairs from time to time. One common cause for such repairs is patio doors. This is particularly common for sliding doors, as they require a clean and properly aligned track to function correctly. Broken glass, sagging frames, and torn screens are equally as common in sliding doors as they are in other types of doors, but there are several issues more prevalent in patio doors than others. This guide explores three of the most common patio door problems and how to easily repair each.

Leaks and condensation

Patio doors tend to experience condensation more frequently than other types of doors. This is particularly common for sliding patio doors with large glass panes. Condensation on a patio door is generally a sign that the seal and insulation of the door have become compromised. Replacing the old patio door with one that utilizes double-paned glass is a good way to avoid condensation buildup. If you experience leaks or condensation around the frame of the door, rather than on the glass itself, you may require alternate repairs. Luckily, insulating your patio door is a relatively easy task that only requires a few tools. Once you’ve identified the source of the leaks and condensation, utilize these steps for insulating the patio door.

Dirty rollers

Many patio doors operate on a sliding track rather than a hinge. As such, one of the most common problems of patio doors is that they can become stuck or difficult to slide along the track. Dirty rollers are often to blame in such instances. The track and rollers can become dirty quite quickly, especially if it’s a frequently used door. In some cases, you may need to remove the door entirely from the track to clean it. Most often, however, you can easily clean the track and the rollers by vacuuming the gap between the door and the track. This will remove the bulk of debris, allowing the door to slide along the rollers more easily. You can then use a cleaning wipe to remove the rest of the dirt and dust left after vacuuming.

Poor alignment

If, after cleaning the rollers and track, you still find that the door sticks when sliding, there may be a problem with the alignment of the door within the track. To repair this, you will generally need to remove the entire door from the track. Once you’ve removed the door, adjust the screws that hold the rollers in place, keeping an eye out for any rusted screws or broken rollers. Also, take this opportunity to analyze the track itself. If there is any distortion along the track, it will be very difficult for the door to slide smoothly. If this is the case, use a pair of strong pliers to bend the track back into the proper shape.

For high-quality windows and doors in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas, contact our team at the Window Source of the Rockies. We offer a selection of sliding and French patio doors to suit your home’s specific style and architecture.

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