How to Fix Sticking Sliding Glass Patio Door


Question about how to fix a sticky sliding glass patio door:

Dear Glass Detective,

My Florida pool home has three sliding glass patio doors that face the pool. They are extremely difficult to open/close and the bottom hardware or rollers need to be replaced. Who can I contact to rebuild my sliding doors? Are there contractors who specialize in this service? I live in Ocala, Florida.

Frank W.

Answer to question regarding sticking sliding glass patio door:

Hi Frank,

Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your concerns over how best to approach the repair of your patio doors. Believe it or not, this is a relatively common question and especially so in the spring of each year. Typically, when patio sliding doors become hard to operate it is because the rollers have jumped off the track, the track is dirty or something has gotten into it which is causing difficulty in operation, or the rollers have broken or gotten worn out. In a perfect world, the rollers on these types of doors would be cleaned and lubricated every year but patio doors are kind of heavy and it often takes two people to lift them off the track, clean and lubricate them and then get them back in place. If you can identify the original installer, I would suggest you contact them to service your patio doors. I suggest this because not only will they be familiar with the type of door you have but they should also have the correct rollers for your patio door. There are dozens of rollers available and your goal should be to get the right roller for your door. If this is not possible, get the name of a local (and reputable) glass shop and give them a call. Glass shops that do residential work should be quite familiar with patio door repairs and replacements. And good luck with your project!

-Glass Detective

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2 responses to “How to Fix Sticking Sliding Glass Patio Door”

  1. Is there a way to get only the sliding screen for my sliding glass patio doors? I am using google to try to locate a pre-made option and cannot seem to find it. Any suggestions at all are welcome.

    • Hi Ali,

      Given the size of the item you are looking for, it will be hard to find someone to ship it at a reasonable price. Many local window and door companies have the supplies to fabricate screens in house. Locate a local company and give them a call.

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