In 2017 in the USA, there were about 1,401,840 residential burglaries. To protect your home and valuables, you need to have a fully-functioning security door.
Broken sliding glass doors are one of the many places where burglars gain access to your home. To stop this from happening, you need to replace broken glass sliding doors as soon as you notice them. Read on to learn everything you need to know about replacing broken glass sliding doors.
Glass Sliding Doors
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Sliding glass doors can be made of five different materials: fiberglass, foam core, wood, vinyl, or aluminum. Replacing sliding glass doors is complicated, it has a lot of steps and the smallest mistake could be costly.
Removing the Doors
Before removing glass sliding doors, consult with a few glass companies. Then don’t forget to remove any blinds or curtains.
After that is done, you will need to cut the weather stripping that is around the door. Remove the screen door next by pulling it up and out.
If your glass sliding doors have two panels, one panel slides, then the other is still. Remove the unmoving panel first by drilling out any screws that may be on the bottom.
Then pull it out from the wall, grip both sides of the door, and just like the screen door, pull up and out. The door that slides won’t have any screws, so you can pull it up off the tracks and out too.
The Door Frame
The door frame is next. Remove any screws or nails and pull it off, you may need a pry bar. To add the new door frame, use a mallet and tap it into place and place screws in the corners and one in the center of the door frame.
To add the new panels, place the doors on the tracks and push it into place. The screen door is next and goes in the same way. Before moving on, make sure the doors slide smoothly.
Sealing the doors is the last step. You don’t want any bugs or air from the outside getting in.
Use caulk to fill in any spaces on the inside and outside. After it has dried, and you have removed the excess, it’s time to add your blinds or curtains back.
You should consider the cost of sliding doors and the price of installing them. A professional could do the job quickly, but most charge around $100 hourly.
If you already have the tools to do the project, then it might be worth it. Look around and compare prices to determine what the best option for you will be.
Safe and Sound
Replacing broken glass sliding doors must be at the top of your list whether you decide to do it yourself or if you hire a professional. You don’t want to risk a possible break in or bugs and rain getting in.
The safety of your home and family is top priority. If you found this article helpful, check out our website for more tips and tricks.