Olivia Sliding Door April 14th, 2018 - 13:06:06
Adapting bulky wide uPVC steel reinforced profiles that were originally designed for traditional hinged external doors meant glass sight lines were considerably reduced and the doors used ugly face fixed hinges and exposed gearing which also sometimes posed a security hazard. However, some manufacturers have started to introduce the next generation of uPVC folding doors using slimmer profiles and concealed gearing that compare favourably with those of timber and aluminium. Heavy steel profile reinforcement is starting to be replaced by lighter yet stronger recycled composite material that is also much more energy efficient.
Install slide locking bar - After a long day of automatic door operations, you will need to lock up your doors and have a peaceful nights sleep. By installing a slide locking bar to your sliding doors, you will take security a level higher in your premises. This is usually a metal bar or wood dowel cut to fit on bottom door track. When fitted, it prevents the door open even with the latching lock removed or damaged. Most new sliding door models come secured along the length of the frame so they are more secure even with all the convenience they offer. Maintain and care for the rollers and door tracks - Remember that sliding doors rely on rollers to move back and forth and if they get damaged, then it will be hard for the doors to operate smoothly. Clear out any debris and dirt along the tracks and make any size adjustments if need be. Some of these doors come with adjustment holes on top or bottom edges and you can easily compress or expand the rollers for a smoother operation. The tracks should always be in top shape so it does not become easy for intruders to lift doors off the track and bypassing locks you may have present.
Let us look in to the two main types of doors available today. Top hung Sliding Doors This is the most commonly used type of sliding doors. They are used in commercial places and homes as well. Two trolley hangers are used to hang the door at the top. The hangers take all the weight of the door, which makes the door slide easily without any problems. Track stoppers are fixed on the concealed tracks at both ends. They are responsible to hold the doors at both ends on the track. This type has the maximum weight limit depending on the trolley hangers used. This is the reason most suppliers provide door weights. In simple words, the size of the door matters when using top hung doors.
1. Firstly take the slider door off the track and place it to the side. This many require a little muscle, but is easy enough to do. If you are unable, try turning the screws on the rollers clockwise and then lift the door from its frame. 2. Clean the track with soapy water and a wire brush. 3. Take a metal file and file down and rough spots or ridge that are sharp to the touch. 4. Measure the length of the old track. 5. Cut the new stainless steel track to this length. 6. Place the new track on the old aluminum track. It will snap over the old track and then with light dabs of glue, glue down on the threshold. 7. Lubricate the new track for smooth opening and closing 8. Remove the old rollers by removing the frame lock screw, lift frame and then remove. Now slide the new rollers into place and re-install frame lock screw. 9. Re-install the sliding door and test the opening and closing. As an additional note, it might be worth it to consider purchasing a manual retractable sliding door screen or motorized screen. This screen will allow you to keep your sliding door open in summer, but keep the bugs and insects out. These screens will retract back into their housing when not in use, but will cut down on the opening and closing of your sliding door.