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Patio Door Troubleshooting Guide

If you’ve got a patio that you’re proud of, then it makes sense to get yourself some patio doors that help to show off the beauty of your patio even from the inside. They’re a fantastic way to open up your property and you’d be surprised at how a good set of doors can actually enhance the rooms that your patio is connected with, especially if you invest quite a bit of money into making them look nice.

However, patio doors aren’t immune to breaking and there’s a good chance that they might actually fail now and then. There are a couple of issues to look out for and, thankfully, many of them can be solved on your own. So to help you out, here’s our patio door troubleshooting guide that will educate you on some of the most common patio door issues and also how to fix them.

Failing to slide smoothly

These are a couple of reasons why your patio doors could be failing to slide open smoothly. Because the door is facing the outside, a lot of debris could get caught in any kind of opening mechanisms, resulting in a lot of excess junk that could be disrupting the door from sliding openly smoothly. This can also be caused by misaligned doors which are bound to happen to any sliding door, especially if you’re using them on a regular basis.

You might also find that your rollers are getting a little sticky. This can cause doors to open with a bit of force, but can’t be opened with a simple sliding motion like the day you first had them installed. To remedy this, you could use some lubricant spray to help the rollers slide around more easily, or you could take some time to clean up the stains as well to ensure the longevity of your patio doors.

Excess condensation

This is a problem that many of us experience especially during the winter months. This typically happens because the outside is cold enough to chill the patio door, then any water vapour on the inside of your room might end up landing on the window and converting back to water vapour due to the temperature, resulting in condensation on the windows.

You can easily remedy this by using some kind of humidifier. The alternative is to ensure there’s more ventilation in the room, but you could also try to equalize the house temperature to reduce the chances of condensation building up.

Broken seals

Weather stripping helps to create a seal which prevents any kind of moisture, water vapour cold air from entering your hob. Sooner or later, these will need to be replaced especially if you’re experiencing harsh weather or if you’re trying to prepare your home for a cold and windy winter.

It’s vital that you fix a broken seal as soon as possible to ensure it can continue protecting you from the elements. This can be done as a DIY project, but it’s still recommended you contact a trusted contractor to ensure the strip is installed correctly and creates a perfect seal.