Sliding patio doors provide benefits like natural lighting, ventilation and easy access between your interior and exterior living spaces without taking up inside space. As with other often-used parts of your home, patio doors are subject to certain types of problems. Stittsville Windows and Doors discusses these problems and how they can be addressed.
Stuck or Hard-to-Operate Door Sashes — Sliding patio doors are mounted on rollers set into the bottom of the frame. Sometimes, dirt or small pieces of debris get into these spaces, which may make the patio doors difficult to slide open. You will need to carefully remove the sashes according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then clean the rollers and track. You may also need to apply lubrication as needed.
Misaligned Sashes — Patio door sashes can get misaligned due to thermal expansion and contraction, or normal hardware wear and tear. The solution may be as simple as moving both sashes across the tracks. However, if it appears to be a hardware problem, you may need to have your patio door contractor fix it. Investing in quality patio doors can help minimize the chances of getting misaligned sashes.
Latches That Won’t Catch — If the patio door latch won’t catch when you close it, try oiling it and then closing it a few times. If it still doesn’t work, you may need to replace the entire lock assembly. Eliminate the need to drill new holes by asking your contractor if a drop-in replacement lock is available. Use the old screws when installing the new ones to avoid stripping the holes in the frame.
Broken or Damaged Weatherstripping — Weatherstripping is the flexible seal between the door sashes and frames, and is typically made of rubber. It may be installed using adhesive strips or staples, both of which should be relatively easy to remove if they are worn out and need to be replaced. Make sure the installation surface is clean and free from adhesive residue before installing new weatherstripping.
Stittsville Windows and Doors is your leading provider of patio doors and wood replacement windows. Give us a call at (613) 706-1922, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Stittsville and Kanata, ON.