Installing sliding patio doors can be a great way to increase the space of your outdoor living area. A sliding patio door is a door that can open in a two-step manner; either by operation of a lever on the side or by pulling a cord that runs along a track on the side of the door. Installing sliding patio doors is not difficult and there are many benefits to choosing this type of door over other options such as folding patio doors. If you’re looking for an outdoor door to replace an existing one, here are some tips on how to properly install a new sliding patio door.
The first step in installing a new door is to measure the opening. Use a tape measure to determine the width and height of the doorway you will need. Once you have your measurements, go to your local home improvement store or hardware store to purchase the necessary hardware to complete the job. This includes the new tracks for the door, hinges, and brackets.
If you are installing sliding patio doors in an already existing doorway, you will need to first remove the existing door before you begin your work. If there is no doorway to remove, you can use a utility knife to cut the wood binding on the side of the door. This is important because you will need to make sure that the new sliding patio door opening is attached to the right side of the door. Next, you will need to remove the molding from around the perimeter of the door. The molding should be left on if the remainder of the paneling is going to be installed later. If it has to be removed, use a hammer to gently pry it loose.
After the molding has been removed, you will notice that there is a flat metal plate on either side of the opening. This will be attached to the door by screws. Remove the screws and pull the plate away from the frame. Your new sliding patio door will now be ready to be installed. Follow all of the instructions included with your door to ensure that your new tracks are correctly placed and securely fastened into place.
To ensure that your new opening fits exactly into the location that you have previously prepared, mark the frame location with pencil using a black colored marker. Marking the frame will allow you to keep track of where the panels will need to be prepped before the installation begins. Cut the open space on the wall where you want the paneling to go by removing the old panels as well as the trim around the frame. Once the panels are free of the old panels, clean the walls and prep them with silicon based cleaning solution to prevent moisture from damaging the newly installed panels.
Slide the new opening onto the floor track and slowly add it to the sides until the entire paneling is covered. Make sure that the bottom of the door is against the edge of the frame and secure the door firmly in place. Once the door is secured, you can begin to install the decorative trim panels. Follow all of the instructions included with your door and install all the trim panels evenly.
After installing the trim and other necessary hardware, you can proceed to affix the door frame to the track. Most tracks have two track sections and one control panel. This section will affix the door to the frame as well as provide for the opening and closing mechanism. Slide the door frame to its proper position between the two track sections and slowly add it to the sides of the new opening.
Test fit your new sliding patio door and make any final adjustments needed before installing it to the track. Also inspect the door for gaps or cracks. If any gaps appear between the opening and the edge of the door, insert some wood plugs to fill in the space. You may want to use some caulking to seal the gaps to protect the door from water damage.