If you have a patio door in your home, it’s essential to maintain it. A well-maintained patio door will function better and last longer. According to studies, patio doors typically survive 30 years (more if maintained). In this blog post, we will discuss maintenance tips for patio doors.
1. Keep the Door Clean
Having a clean door is essential for proper functioning. Make sure to regularly clean the tracks, rollers, and hinges of your patio door. This will help keep the door moving smoothly and prevent it from getting stuck. You can also clean your patio door’s glass by using a vinegar and water mixture. Spray the mixture on a rag and wipe the glass clean. This will help remove any dirt or fingerprints on the glass.
2. Lubricate the Tracks Regularly
You don’t want the tracks of your patio door to get rusty, so it’s important to lubricate them regularly. Use a silicone-based lubricant on the track and hinges. This will help keep them in good condition and prevent them from rusting. You can also use a wax paper barrier between the door and track if you have trouble getting the lubricant in there. This will help keep the lubricant from getting on the door itself.
3. Check the Weatherstripping
The weatherstripping on your patio door helps keep out drafts and moisture. Over time, the weatherstripping can become worn or damaged. You should check it regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. If the weatherstripping needs to be replaced, you can buy new strips at a hardware store. Make sure to read the instructions carefully to know how to install them correctly.
4. Keep the Door Well-Insulated
A properly insulated patio door can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If your patio door is not well-insulated, you may experience a lot of heat or cold air loss. You can improve the insulation of your patio door by adding weatherstripping or installing a storm door. You can also add insulation to the door itself by using a thermal blanket or bubble wrap.
5. Use the Right Door Hardware
The hardware on your patio door plays a vital role in its function. If the hardware is old or damaged, it can cause the door to malfunction. You should check the condition of the hardware regularly and replace any worn or broken parts. You can buy replacement parts at a hardware store or online.
These are just a few of the things you can do to maintain your patio door. By following these tips, you can help keep your door in good condition for years to come. If you have any questions about patio door maintenance, feel free to contact us.