Sliding doors are a great alternative to the standard French patio design. Many homeowners are attracted to its sleeker and more contemporary aesthetics, as well as the fact that it doesn’t take any floor space when it’s open.
Just like your other doors and windows, your sliding patio door needs care and maintenance to ensure that it’s operating properly. In this post, Renewal by Andersen® of Philadelphia shares care and maintenance tips for sliding doors.
Clean the Rollers
The most common problem sliding doors experience is rust and grime on the tracks that impedes how easy it is to open. This can easily be addressed however by cleaning and lubricating the track. How often you need to do the latter ultimately depends on how often the doors are used.
Lubricate the Tracks
The rollers should be cleaned every six months; you don’t necessarily need to lubricate the tracks when you clean them, just when you feel that it starts getting difficult to slide open or close. Regarding the type of lubricant, you can use a petroleum based one although it will attract dirt which means you need to clean the tracks more often.
Silicone-based lubricants are the better option since they don’t attract dirt and are slightly easier to apply. You can also use this lubricant for sliding replacement windows, though you don’t need as much compared to the sliding doors.
Adjust the Rollers
Finally, you should take note if the sliding doors tend to bump around as you slide them open or close. This is a clear sign that something’s wrong with the roller wheel. More often than not, one or more of the wheels are damaged and will need to be replaced.
Keep these tips in mind to keep your sliding patio doors in good working condition. At Renewal by Andersen® of Philadelphia, we make it a point to get the door and window installation right the first time around. Get in touch with us today at (610) 563-2190 to learn more. We install top-quality doors and windows throughout NJ and Philadelphia.