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Sliding Glass Doors - A Room with a View

Sliding Glass Doors - A Room with a View By Cameron Heffernan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A sliding glass door can give you a new way of enjoying the great outdoors, bringing more light into your room, and enhancing airflow. But you need to install your sliding door properly, or it could cause serious injury to your family or not open and close correctly.

Choosing the Right Sliding Door

Even if you choose a high-quality sliding glass door, maintain it well and keep the tracks clean, some doors are just heavy and bulky to begin with. They will be hard to install into the track opening. For example, insulated and double-pane sliding doors will give you improved energy efficiency, but they will be harder to open and close, and may not be ideal for homes with children or elderly people.

Today's highest-quality sliding doors can be operated easily with a few fingers of one hand, as they use light glass and quality components in the rollers, which glide along the track to open your sliding glass door.

Optimize Your Sliding Door Keep It Clean

If you're tired of your sliding glass door jumping and grinding along its tracks, there are some easy steps you can take to optimize its operation.

The tracks of your sliding door, which are made of aluminum, vinyl, or steel, can experience a buildup of grime and dirt, making the door more difficult to open. By simply cleaning the track regularly and lubricating the track and rollers, you can eliminate this problem.

You can even remove the sliding door from its track to thoroughly clean the track. Remove the door by opening it halfway, lifting it up, and pulling it outward from the bottom. Finally, lay the sliding glass door on a carpet while you clean the tracks with a vacuum cleaner (to remove debris). Finish the procedure by touching up the track with a general cleanser, ensuring that the tracks are smooth and clean for the easiest movement of your sliding door.

About the Author
Cameron Heffernan is a writer, editor, and journalist, who has worked for publications such as PC World and a variety of freelance Internet sites. Cam is currently Communications Manager at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he was a founding employee of a company that developed project management software. That firm was later acquired by a technology firm near Sacramento. He has expertise in web content authoring, management of development and maintenance of web sites, and product and service reviews. Cam has a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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