If you’re thinking of changing your sliding glass door to French doors, one of the first things you’ll want to do is to install a new one. Even though the whole process can seem very simple, there are certain steps that must be taken in order to ensure you don’t waste time and money. There is no need to get into the details here, but it is very important to know exactly what needs to be done. You need to know the dimensions of your doorway so you can purchase the proper replacement, and you also have to choose the style that will look best in your home.
Before you start the installation, remove the existing sliding glass door. This involves unscrewing the old lock and removing it. Care should be taken not to damage the frame, so remove it and dispose of it properly. Next, replace the lock. There are many available styles online, but you might want to choose a more traditional design if you have a large entryway to deal with. You can also select an antique design or a modern look, both of which are very appealing.
Be sure that your door is balanced. You can do this by putting a broom handle across the top, then balance the door by slowly rolling it back and forth several times. The track under the door should be leveled as well, and you may want to install braces under the door for support. These should be rust-free, as well. Place the braces in place, and screw them onto the braces.
When the braces are secured, attach the new track to the brackets. Make sure to note where the holes were located when you put the old track on the wall. If there are any damaged pieces, you will have to drill those holes again, which can be time consuming. Use the screws to anchor the new track, and then attach the hinges. Do not forget to drill the pilot light hole.
Slide the door track back toward the hinges until it is flush with the door jamb. You may need to add a couple of shims to get the door track to be level. Then, use the screws and nails to fasten the new tracks onto the walls.
Start adding hinges to each side of your door. The track will eventually become unstable, and you will have to remove some hinges to fix it. After replacing the hinges, make sure your doors are leveled, and that the doors are square. You can use an electric degree to ensure that your French doors are perfectly lined up before reinstalling the windows.
If you need to add a window, you will have to remove the tracks and remove the door. If the doors do not slide at all, you should slide the windows first and then fit the sliding glass windows into the track, then slide the doors back over the windows. This will make sure that your new track will be level with your old windows and your house frame. You may want to anchor down the windows before adding them, so they will not move.
To finish your project, replace the screws and glue the trim around the edges of your door. You will then be ready to install your new sliding glass door, matching up your trim perfectly. This might take some practice, as it is easy to get the edges of the door wrong. If you need more help, ask someone who has done this before. It’s a great way to increase the value of your home.