The Pros and Cons of Using Sliding Closet Doors
A sliding door designs for living room in Parkers-Iron Spring is a great thing to have and many homeowners only realize how lucky they are when they finally moved into a house with a patio or backyard that has a sliding exterior door installed. Not only it looks great by enhancing tenfold the ambient of any room or backyard, but it is also very functional. Sliding patio doors are maybe one of the best types of exterior doors due to ease of getting in and out of the room through it.
Unfortunately this particular sliding door type has an ever recurring problem: it get stuck at times. This is why you need to learn how to fix a sticking patio sliding door. It is not difficult by any means, but you do need to have a bit of DIY knowledge and some basic home tools. The good news is that you can very easily remove the sliding patio doors by simply lifting them up and swinging them out from the aluminum bottom. Then all you need to do is follow the same procedure for the top part as well.
However why do patio sliding doors get stuck in the first place? Many times there is a malfunctioning of the gliding system. Sometimes though there is a corrosion of the hardware or maybe it’s simply tightened up. Depending on the cause, it can be easily fixed and adjusted. For example if it’s tightened, all you need to do is loosen up the screw that keeps the wheel in place. However when you do this make sure you do it gently with your tools because in case the material has become brittle over time, it might simply break when you handle it.
Installing Vinyl Replacement Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding closet doors were invented to help create the most space possible with closets. They slide on a smooth surface track system, which is easily installed and maintained. When these doors were first invented, they proved to be very expensive for homeowners however; this has changed and become more affordable for the average homeowner.
Sliding doors come in various styles and materials, which prove that homeowners can have style and creativity in their home minus the high cost of redecorating fees. Closets are now featured elements in homes, which provide beautiful, space efficient focal points to any room within the home. Sliding closet door hardware can be added to further transform the looks. With a variety of materials such as wood, glass, mirrored knobs and handles, the choices are nearly endless.
Sliding closet doors are not only utilized for closets. These types of doors can be utilized for separating rooms, hiding things within a room and improving the look of a room where the contents cannot be easily organized.
Sliding room dividers are also great accessories for separating rooms within the home. The divider doors come with sturdy rolling tracks to keep them secure and in place. Sliding room dividers can be inexpensively designed for your particular needs. The hardware for these doors are easily accessorized which is why it is easy to add class to any room without ripping out walls and hiring expensive contractors.
Room dividers are easily customized with various wood, metal, and glass materials and designs features.
Sliding closet door hardware is being utilized in numerous homes worldwide to provide a touch of elegance. Whether it's a sliding closet door with a mirror or a traditional sliding room divider in beautiful wood stain, there is probably a design that fits your need.
You can easily find replacement rollers or glides at the local DIY hardware store and they are not expensive either, but as there are so many types available nowadays, you need to take your old one with you. Before you get a new one, first try to readjust the wheel and put back the door in its place. Give it a try and see if the problem has been fixed. If not, then that trip to the DIY store will need to be tackled next.
Sliding Door Hardware
Not only do you need a practical design choice for you sliding closet door you also should consider what the overall look is you prefer to complete your bedroom wardrobe enclosure.
The designs and options for interior door designs are infinite and you are sure to find a room divider that suits the style statement you wish to make. Most importantly as you research your options of door styles your first consideration should be the maintenance of your sliding glass door along with the door hardware.
Depending on which door option you choose there may be different ways of upkeep to ensure quality performance. Your preference and style specifications of the interior doors for your master suite or guest room exemplify your living space as your distinct way of living.
Starting with regular closet doors al the way to custom room dividing doors, the options are endless. Your project requirements can easily be met with a variety of self-install sliding bypass hardware sets pre-configured for 2, 3 and 4 door operation. If you're looking for create unique configurations, ordering by the piece or putting together your own custom configurations is a snap. Manufactures offer sets and parts to complete that divine look that closet doors and their cousins bring to any redesign project.
Many times the gliders or rollers are simply full of dirt. Again, you can replace them, but first try to clean them as this might save you a buck or two. All you need to use is an old toothbrush (I collect my old toothbrushes just for emergency cleaning situations like this) and some spirit (or kerosene) to clean off the dirt from your rollers. As there is a danger of inhaling these fumes you should always work in a well ventilated place and make sure to use some rubber gloves. After you have cleaned, them lubricate them with any kind of grease you have around and try the sliding patio glass door again. It might just work this time.
Avoid Vinyl When Choosing A Patio Door
If you're replacing a patio door this summer, think "wood combination" not vinyl. A wood and vinyl combination frame is strong, durable and therefore extremely energy efficient. Their good looks hold up too, season after season, year after year.
Many people still get tempted by vinyl frame sliding doors because they think it's still a reasonable option. That's simply not true these days. Ask any expert. They recommend that homeowners avoid buying and installing vinyl sliding doors because vinyl doesn't have the structural integrity of the wood-vinyl combination doors. A vinyl door is simply a temporary solution, that will need to be replaced, again... and again.
Vinyl expands and contracts four to five times more than other materials, including wood and metal. That makes a vinyl sliding door less energy efficient for one thing and it creates a cascading effect of other issues that end up affecting the performance of the entire door. Let me explain.
In summary, handle operation, locking mechanism, the rails, the glass panels-everything eventually starts to break down and fall apart on a vinyl framed patio door. The result is a rather annoying door that won't close properly, won't glide properly, and ends up costing you more money than you bargained for because it's driving up your energy bill.
Bottom line? If you're in the market for a sliding door, you need to consider (1) the structural capability of the product (2) the energy efficiency of the product, and (3) the ease of operation. You want a solid door that is going to stand the test of time and give you peace of mind.
Vinyl simply fails these tests on all counts.
The Pros and Cons of Using Sliding Closet Doors
Last week I told you how to remove your old sliding glass door in preparation for the installation of the vinyl replacement door. Let's go through the installation procedure for both the Retrofit style and replacement style frames.
Let's start with the retrofit frame. Like the retrofit window, the door will have a 2" lip flush with the outside edge of the frame. The difference between the retrofit window frame and the retrofit door frame is the absence of the lip on the bottom of the door due to the sill track. Your door will have the lip on both sides and across the top. The majority of the installation process is the same whether it's a retrofit frame or replacement frame. The first thing you want to do is check the floor for a level condition. If the base is not level, add shims to create a level base. This step is very important, because if you have a sloping bottom, the whole frame will be thrown out of square. You will have problems locking the door as well as air infiltration trouble. So, put down shims to make the base level. If possible, use one long shim to create a solid base for the weight of the door. Before setting the door in place, put down a bead of liquid nails from end to end, set the shims on top of the liquid nails, and run a generous bead of caulk on the outside face of the opening, where the retrofit lip is going to contact the exterior surface. Caulk the sides and the top.
Now set the door in place, being careful to lift the door and set the bottom track on top of the shims, rather than dragging the bottom. Obviously, this requires two people, one on each side. You tilt the top away from the opening as you set the bottom in place. Then, raise the top until the retrofit lip contacts the exterior surface where you applied the caulk. The reason I use liquid nails on the bottom rather than caulk is because I don't like to put screws in the bottom, and the liquid nails product is as good as screws when it dries. Have your helper hold the frame in place while you go inside to plumb and secure the door. Put a level on the jamb where the slider will lock. Plumb the jamb and install shims where you put your screws. You should put one about 6 inches from the top and one 6 inches from the bottom. A good quality door will have long screws shipped with the door that are replacements for the small screws holding the locking hardware to the jamb. Be sure to shim where these screws install. Now, if you leveled the bottom and plumbed the side, your top and opposite side should automatically be square. Put shims on the opposite jamb, and drive in your installation screws. Put 3 to 4 screws in the jamb. Then, run your tape measure from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Write down that measurement. Measure from the opposite corners, and the measurement should be the same if your frame is square. Finally, put one screw in the top center You really don't need any more than one. You don't need to use shims since there won't be any load or torque on the top header. Just don't overtighten the screw, otherwise the frame will bow.
At this point you should have the frame installed in the opening with the fixed panel already glazed in from the factory. Here is where you want to install the sliding panel. It goes in from inside the house. Set it on the side and spray a generous amount of lubricant to the steel rollers to help them spin freely. Wipe away excess before putting the panel in. Remember to raise the top into the header as far as it will go, then swing the bottom over the lip and set it down on the track. If the bottom won't get over the bottom lip, you will have to adjust the bottom rollers to bring them up into the frame. You should see a hole on the side rail to insert a screwdriver and turn the adjustment screw counterclockwise to bring the rollers up and out of the way. After you set the rollers on the track, be sure to adjust them back down before sliding the door. Have your helper lift the side up while you turn the adjustment screw clockwise. Do both sides, then slide the door closed and check for equal daylight from top to bottom. If there is more daylight showing on top or bottom, adjust the rollers to bring the door panel plumb with the jamb. Adjust the lock. Each door should come with lock adjustment instructions. Install the screen door on the outside. Now seal the crack between the retrofit lip and the exterior surface. Go inside and fill the space between the frame and wall studs with R-13 insulation. The last step is trimming the inside. We sell vinyl trim pieces that are designed to trim the inside without having to paint, stain, or nail. You can see samples and prices for the trim at the shopping pageon the website.
Now, the replacement frame installation process is the same, except there is no retrofit lip. Therefore, when you put the frame into the opening, you have to plumb the side jambs from two places rather than one. In addition to plumbing the jamb left to right in the opening, you also have to plumb inside to outside because you don't have the retrofit lip to keep your frame aligned with the outside wall. Also, you need to apply trim to the exterior as well as the interior. You can use a basic vinyl flat trim for the outside, and that is available on the shopping page as well. Be sure to caulk the outside trim where it meets the surrounding surface.You just installed a vinyl sliding glass door. I will be on vacation next week, but the following week's article will deal with the best and safest way to install replacement windows on the second floor.