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Top 10 Tips to Maintain Sliding Doors

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Introduction

If you are looking for a sleek design and space-saving functionality for your home or office, sliding doors might be the best option. They are popular for not only residential but also for commercial use. However, just like any other part of your home, these need regular maintenance as well to ensure they operate smoothly and efficiently. Here are the top 10 ways to maintain sliding doors and keep them in excellent condition.

Tip #1 Clean the Tracks Regularly

Imagine you’re running late for an important meeting, and as you rush to slide open your door, it sticks stubbornly in its tracks. 

One of the main reasons this happens is the accumulation of dirt and debris in the tracks. Cleaning the tracks regularly will help you avoid less smoother operation. You can use a vacuum with a narrow attachment to get off any loose dirt, followed by a brush to scrub the tracks and remove any stubborn dirt. Your final step in cleaning the tracks would be wiping them with a damp cloth.

Reminder: If you have pets, or live in a dusty area, you might have to clean the tracks more often to maintain smooth gliding operation. 

Tip #2 Lubricate the Tracks

If you are experiencing difficulty sliding, noisy operation, sticking or jamming of doors along tracks, uneven movement, or visible wear, this only means that your sliding doors need lubricant.

Regular lubrication of your sliding doors can prevent these issues and also reduce wear on the hardware. Remember to use a silicone-based lubricant. A silicone-based lubricant is the best to use as compared to oil-based, to avoid attracting more dirt and dust. 

Before lubricating your sliding doors, remember tip #1! Clean your tracks first and make sure they are completely dry before applying the lubricant. Open and close the door several times to ensure that the lubricant is evenly distributed along the tracks.

Tip #3 Inspect and Tighten Hardware

If you have followed our tips #1 and #2 and think that you’ve done enough to maintain your sliding doors, you’re not entirely wrong, but you’re also not 100% correct.

Maintaining sliding doors involves more than just cleaning and lubrication. You also need to check the hardware. Over time, the screws, bolts and other hardware can become loose, which can affect your door’s operation and functionality. Here are the signs that your hardware needs tightening:

  • Loose handles
  • Shaking door when opening or closing
  • Uneven gaps
  • Unnecessary noise (e.g., rattling, squeaking)

Over time, the screws, bolts, and other hardware on your sliding door can become loose, affecting the door’s functionality. Here are some signs that your sliding door hardware needs replacement:

  • Rust or corrosion on any metal parts of the hardware
  • Broken parts
  • Locks that are not functioning anymore
  • The sliding door doesn’t stay in the open or closed position and slides back on its own
  • Misalignment of doors

JDM is a trusted expert in sliding door replacement, and sliding door repair, offering services in South Florida, Orlando, Tampa, Southwest Florida, Pensacola, Los Angeles, and New York. Our team of skilled professionals ensure seamless repairs and replacements, making us the trusted choice for all your sliding door needs.

Tip #4 Check the Rollers

The rollers of your sliding door are essential for smooth operation. Worn or damaged rollers make it difficult to open and close. To inspect the rollers for any sign of wear or damage, you can lift your door out of the track and check.

Clean the rollers with a damp cloth to remove dirt. If they are damaged, consider replacing them. Most hardware stores carry replacement rollers, which are usually easy to install with basic tools.

Tip #5 Align the Door

Proper alignment is essential for smooth operation. If your sliding door is misaligned, it can cause excessive wear and tear. Check the door alignment by observing how it sits in the frame. Use a screwdriver to adjust the screws on the rollers to raise or lower the door until it is level. 

Ensure that the door slides smoothly along the track without sticking. Typically, a Phillips head screwdriver or an Allen wrench is needed for these adjustments.

Tip #6 Replace Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping helps to insulate your home and keep out drafts, dust, and insects. Over time, it can wear out and lose its effectiveness. Examine the weatherstripping for cracks, tears, or signs of wear and check the seal around the door to ensure it is intact. 

Pull the old weatherstripping away from the door, then clean the surface where the new weatherstripping will be applied. Apply the new weatherstripping, ensuring it forms a tight seal. Foam tape, felt, or V-strip are common options, so choose one that matches the needs of your door and climate.

Tip #7 Clean Glass Panels

Clean glass panels not only improve the appearance of your sliding doors but also enhance visibility and functionality. Use a glass cleaner or a mixture of water and vinegar to clean the glass panels. 

Apply the cleaner to the glass with a soft cloth or sponge, then wipe the glass in a circular motion to remove smudges and fingerprints. Dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent streaks. Clean the glass panels at least once a month or more often if they get dirty quickly.

Tip #8 Prevent and Fix Sticking

Sliding doors can sometimes stick due to dirt, misalignment, or worn-out parts. Preventing and addressing this issue promptly is crucial. Keep the tracks clean and lubricated, and ensure the door is properly aligned. 

If your door is sticking, identify the cause of the sticking, which could be dirt or misalignment. Clean and lubricate the tracks, adjust the door alignment if necessary, and check the rollers, replacing them if they are worn or damaged.

Tip #9 Inspect Locks and Handles

Functional locks and handles are essential for the security and ease of use of your sliding doors. Check the locks and handles for any signs of wear or damage, and clean them with a damp cloth to remove any dirt. 

If the locks or handles are loose or damaged, tighten the screws or replace the components as needed. Consider upgrading to more secure locks if security is a concern.

Tip #10 Schedule Professional Maintenance

If you are looking to hire a professional to maintain your sliding doors, JDM is the right answer. If you notice significant damage or wear that you cannot fix yourself or if the door is still not operating smoothly after you’ve tried the above steps, it’s time to call in a professional. 

We can provide a thorough inspection and fix issues you might not have noticed, and offer expert advice on maintaining your sliding doors. 

Regular maintenance of your sliding doors is essential to ensure they operate smoothly and last for many years. By following these ten tips, you can keep your sliding doors in excellent condition, prevent costly repairs, and enjoy the convenience and beauty they bring to your home. 

Why Choose JDM Sliding Doors?

Choosing JDM for your sliding door needs guarantees exceptional service, ensuring your doors are installed or repaired to the highest standards. At JDM, we only use top-grade materials and techniques, providing reliable and lasting solutions that enhance both the functionality and aesthetics of your space.

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