Twelve Steps to follow to Install a Sliding Patio Door safely
Installing a sliding glass door is not a hectic process. This is a do it yourself activity that can be carried out within a short time following simple steps. The steps are outlined below.
- You begin by removing the interior trim that surrounds the existing patio door frame. Use a knife to cut the caulk and paint in order to protect the wallboard from tear and damage. Once the trim is loose, pull it off using a pry bar. If you have some problems with your glass doors, wheels or bolts don't estimate to call or email us. We are open 24/7.
- Take down the door. This process can be tiresome as the patio doors are heavy and can be cumbersome depending on the size of your door frame. Move to the exterior of your door and remove the exterior trim by cutting it using a knife before pulling gently to avoid ruining the rest of the wall.
- Identify and understand the potential exterior difficulties. Nails and screws hiding under paint and fillers can pose difficulties to you while trying to remove the door. You can use a magnet to locate these nails head before scrubbing the paint to expose them. Once exposed, use a tool called a tiger’s paw to remove them.
- Take out the remaining fasteners in the old glass door. Hidden fasteners in your old door frame can give you a nightmare while trying to remove the door from its fix. Look out for any nails and screws from the tracks and even behind the strike plates. Once you check and confirm that all the screws and nails have been removed, use a small hammer to tap the old door unit out of the opening. While removing the sliding patio door, push it out towards the outside of the house.
- Clean the rough opening by removing grit and debris in preparation for the new patio door. The opening must be very clear and properly prepared to ensure a tight fit of the new patio door. If the opening is unusually wide for the new door, cut strips of plywood and use them to reduce the size of the door opening before installing the new door. You can also use spirit levels to check that the base, sides and top sills are level and perpendicular.
- Make sure that the opening is watertight. This can be achieved by applying a foil backed tape along the sill, administering the tape about six inches lengthwise on the side jamb as well. Carefully cut corners and run the tape back and forth until a watertight seal is obtained. Do this on the threshold, and make sure you seal the entire opening, both sides and header. The moment you have applied the foil tape down and round, reapply the sill molding that you detached while getting the old unit out.
- Fix the new door unit. Begin by running three beads of silicone sealant along the sill. Install the door unit, bottom first, in order not to smear the caulk. As soon as the bottom is rightfully and firmly placed, push the unit up into position.
- Secure the new door by driving in roofing nails into the nailing flange while checking and adjusting the unit for plumb and level.
- Once the door has been secured, you can finish the rest of the installation by screwing the door into the opening. Place a drop of silicon in any hole that goes through the sill before driving a screw in. This way, the doo unit will be kept watertight. Finally, screw in the top and then set the active door plate into the frame.
- Fix the exterior trim. Stuff backer rod into the small exterior gap and cover with a bead of silicone sealant to allow the wood to expand and contract naturally.
- Fix the interior trim. Fill the gaps with low expansive foam and fix the interior door sleeves.
- Fix the finishing touches. You may be interested in doing the shades, blinds or grilles that may have come with the door. Follow the manufacturers’ guidelines. You can also install a lock and key to improve the security of your sliding glass door.