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Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily

I have a sliding glass door that is 72 inches in height and 84 inches in width. The door has not open very easily for months, but with the weather warming, it has become worse.

It is a United Vinyl door with double-pane argon filled tempered glass.

It appears to be that the cause is the actual frame around the door, which has sagged slightly above the door opening; squeezing the door on one side, making it harder to open. It is not the door itself, as the door is new, the wheels are new, and the track is clean.

(1) Is there any way to fix the door without tearing it out and re-framing the door opening?
(2) Can the door be salvaged in this process?
(3) Does this sagging suggest a much larger problem?

Thoughts?

Mark
Re: Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily

Sears Home,
With these types of issues it is always necessary to find the cause of the problem. If the header is sagging, it is improbable that you can identify and solve the problem without removing the doors and frame. The doors and frame can most certainly be saved and reused. The problem could be caused by insufficient header to support the load above or a header that is rotting and weakening due to rot or insect damage.
Best, Mark

ed21
Re: Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily

Sliding doors I'm familiar with have rollers that are adjustable for height. Look along the bottom of the door and see if can find a screw slot to adjust the rollers. Go to the company website and see if they have any info. Sagging headers are common. It doesn't take much to bind up a door if it was tight to begin with.

calcats
Re: Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily

How much of a sag are we talking about? If it is slight, 1/8" I would try to pull it back into place with some 2 1/2" or 3" screws. If that works and there is still some drag, buy a product called "slip-it" at Rockler.com. It will help the door glide instead of roll. Hope this helps.

Calcats ;)

SearsHome
Re: Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily
advrem wrote:

Sears Home,
With these types of issues it is always necessary to find the cause of the problem. If the header is sagging, it is improbable that you can identify and solve the problem without removing the doors and frame. The doors and frame can most certainly be saved and reused. The problem could be caused by insufficient header to support the load above or a header that is rotting and weakening due to rot or insect damage.
Best, Mark

The door sag is about 1/2 inch. I was hoping I would not have to remove the door...but looks like it cannot be avoided. Thanks for the advice.

Mark
Re: Sliding Glass Patio Door will not open easily

Hey no trouble at all. Good luck with your project.
Best, Mark

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