Are you tired of aggressively pushing your sliding door to make it budge? Do you miss how smoothly it used to glide when you first installed it? Well, worry no more because your stuck sliding door isn’t damaged beyond repair. In this article, we will give you the perfect tips to make your sliding door run smoothly again.
Advantages of Sliding Doors
Before we discuss the tips for maintaining sliding doors, we would first like to discuss the advantages of sliding doors to help you understand their appeal. Sliding doors are a great addition to the interiors of any home and here are the reasons why.
First of all sliding doors add a touch of modernity to your interior design. Secondly, sliding doors are space-saving as they function without a hinge. A sliding door simply glides along its tracks instead of swinging wide open like an ordinary door. This makes it a perfect option if you want to save space.
Furthermore, a properly fitted sliding door has gaskets which offer great thermal insulation to your home. This means your home will become more energy-efficient if you have sliding doors.
Tips to Maintain Your Sliding Door
You should never have to push your entire body’s weight against a sliding door just to open or close it. Sliding doors and windows are meant to function smoothly with minimum effort. Here, are a few tips to help you maintain your sliding doors and windows.
Clean the Tracks of the Sliding Door
The main reason why sliding doors start to show resistance in opening and closing is because the tracks get dirty over time. As the tracks get dirty, any external door rollers face difficulty in moving along the track. If you want the door to run smoothly, then you have to clean the tracks thoroughly and regularly; we recommend doing these every three months as a minimum.
During your regular cleaning cycle use your vacuum cleaner to remove dust, gravel or fluff from the door sill tracks. You can use a coarse bristled brush with some soapy water to thoroughly clean any dirt or grime that has accumulated in the tracks.
Once you have cleaned all the dirt from the tracks, don’t forget to wipe and vacuum the area. You want to keep this clean and dry prevent the dirt from accumulating back on the tracks.
Should you lubricate your tracks or sliding door rollers?
We do not recommend lubricating tracks or sliding door rollers unless specifically directed in your maintenance advice from the supplier of the door. High quality sliding door rollers will be supplied with precision bearings that are pre-lubricated for the life of the roller. Lubricating the wheels or tracks may result in the common issue of skidding which can lead to wheel failure in your sliding door rollers. Some basic windows use skid blocks which require lubrication and are an exception to this rule.
Adjust the Sliding Door Roller
Your sliding door has adjustable rollers on each side of the door to help it slide on the tracks. These adjustment screws for the rollers are usually hidden with plastic plugs so look for two covered holes to get access to the rollers.
Once you have access to the rollers, you can use a screwdriver to adjust the screw on the rollers. This will adjust the height of your sliding door and you can see if it glides better at a lower or higher height.
Last Few Words
We hope these tips are helpful for you in maintaining your sliding door. If these tips don’t remedy the situation, then you should start thinking about replacing your door or window rollers.