should I fix or replace my sliding glass doors?
Does it seem like everywhere you go people want to sell you new stuff rather than fix what you have?
Yes, there are many companies out there that would love to sell you a new door rather than fix your sliding glass doors and sliding patio doors.
There are quite a few reasons for this:
- It’s more profitable for a sales person and company to sell you a new sliding door. Most door and window companies use home improvement sales people that will tell you a door is not repairable when it actually is.
- Most people don’t have the patience or know-how to actually do the repair.
- Many glass door repairs consist of finding parts that are hard to come by and not readily available because they have either been discontinued and are obsolete or there is no aftermarket solution available.
So what do you do?
Our technicians are the best in the industry when it comes to repairing sliding doors.
Austin Sliding Door and Window Repair carries a large selection of precision bearing rollers (see parts section for precision bearing/long lasting rollers info) on our vans to fit any door.
Our service package includes two technicians coming to your property to assess the repair, provide you with a quote, then we replace the rollers, properly align panels for proper weather seal and lock alignment, lubricate the locking mechanism and weather stripping, and do a thorough cleaning of the door tracks with a vacuum and cleaning product to break down built-up grease and grime.
If the bottom track is damaged and repairable there are a couple of stainless steel veneer options available. Please note that often times tracks are beyond repair if the door has had a long period of deferred maintenance. Please see track repair (below) for further details and info.
Track “replacements” are ABSOLUTELY necessary when a track repair can not be provided.
Also if your track is corroding due to an improper installation, and the limestone in the stucco is eating away at the track, it’s time for a new one folks!
The process starts by coming out to your home to identify the proper track.
Once we identify your track we can order it and come back to install.
The installation process of your track replacement starts with removing the screen door, fixed and operable panels, then removing your track carefully without damaging your floor.
Once the track is removed we install a three part weatherproofing flashing that ensures that the track will never leak, corrode, or not bond correctly to your foundation.
We then replace the rollers. This is necessary. You want new rollers on a new track.
TIP: You can provide pictures to our office by email or text of the track and length if you want to expedite the process.
Sliding Glass Door Cut Down
If the header of the opening has dropped in the middle (deflection), and the doors are binding and not opening, there are a couple options:
Option 1) Cut top of the door and smooth with a file. The interlock will also need to be cut. This can be done on all door types that have room on the top to cut without causing any issues. Please note some doors can not be cut due to the way the top of the door travels in the top track.
Option 2) This option is what is described above. We would order new glass that is shorter in height and disassemble the frame, cut the sides down, and reassemble with new glass. This is necessary when the top of the door can NOT be cut.
Sliding Glass Door Locks and Handles
We offer OEM and some aftermarket security locks and handles to provide customers with a proper lock, to ensure safety and overall protection of your home.
There are many types and sizes of glass, and they all vary in size or shape.
Most vinyl doors have low-e energy efficient glass.
A lot of the older aluminum doors have single or dual glaze clear glass.
Bronze and grey glass are not uncommon either.
To provide a proper quote, we come to your home and see the glass in person.
If your glass has fog, a haze, or stippling, this is because the seal has failed and it needs to be replaced.
Unsure how to proceed? Easy! You can call or email for a ball-park quote!