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Sliding door (by Kim [TX]) Nov 20, 2022 8:10 PM
       Sliding door (by Steve [MA]) Nov 20, 2022 8:15 PM
       Sliding door (by Homer [TX]) Nov 20, 2022 8:45 PM
       Sliding door (by Jeff [OH]) Nov 20, 2022 9:28 PM
       Sliding door (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 20, 2022 9:34 PM
       Sliding door (by Robert J [CA]) Nov 21, 2022 12:02 AM
       Sliding door (by Hoosier [IN]) Nov 21, 2022 12:26 AM
       Sliding door (by Vee [OH]) Nov 21, 2022 6:11 AM
       Sliding door (by Scott [IN]) Nov 21, 2022 10:35 AM
       Sliding door (by Ed [CA]) Nov 21, 2022 11:56 AM
       Sliding door (by Kim [TX]) Nov 21, 2022 12:07 PM
       Sliding door (by plenty [MO]) Nov 21, 2022 12:18 PM
       Sliding door (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Nov 21, 2022 12:49 PM
       Sliding door (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Nov 21, 2022 10:30 PM
       Sliding door (by myob [GA]) Nov 22, 2022 1:59 PM

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Sliding door (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 8:10 PM

I need to replace the exterior sliding door, thatís been there since house was built in 1978, and is extremely hard to open or close. Iíve thought of French doors or a more updated sliding door. My current tenant is a friend & has 3 dogs ranging in size from a Great Pyrenees, to pit bulls. She wants French doors put in. Which is more practical? If I get a nice sliding door & she wants something else, do I make her pay the difference or just say no? Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

Sliding door (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 8:15 PM

Have you determined just why it's "extremely hard to open or close" It might just need to have the tracks cleaned & the rollers adjusted, lubricated or possibly replaced.

If she wants to have the door upgraded from a slider to a hinged French door style, IMO she should either pay the difference or perhaps agree to have the rent increased.

Sliding door (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 8:45 PM

About 15 or so years ago, I began replacing those horrible aluminum sliding doors. I went with the French doors. Primed and painted the trimÖ.. now years later, I have had several that are starting to rot out on the lower door frame. As the aluminum threshold gets wet, caused the water to wick up in the wood , causing rotÖ.. luckily a few years ago I switched back to sliders when I did away with the aluminum sliders, so far, the vinyl sliders are pleasing to look at and no wood rot. Another minor issue with the French door. We have a lot of foundation issues in our area, with slabs moving in the summer when it doesnít rain, that has caused some issues with alignment of the French doors. As for me, from now on, itís vinyl sliders.

Sliding door (by Jeff [OH]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 9:28 PM

Iím quite confidentÖ But you can replace the rollers in that slider, and it will roll like new. I own a condo on the ocean in Florida, and about every two years I replace the rollers. Works like a charm. --107.10.xx.xx

Sliding door (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 20, 2022 9:34 PM

A door that uses a compression type of gasket is much more air tight then a sliding door where wear the gasket or seal will wear out. Patio doors come in two sizes which are 5' and 6" width where carefully check dimensions as some doors are not made to the standard height and width specifications. Low E glass will offer a energy saving all year round. Like everything there are builders line of doors which cost less upfront but do not last as long. The warranty is up then the builder does not have to replace. Shop at a few different stores then compare door hardware and other specifications. It does not have to be the most expensive patio but one that is built well.

Sliding door (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:02 AM

I think I'm so smart, but tenants can throw me a some problems. I replaced a sliding glass doors with Swinging French doors. But since the had a medium dog, I removed one of the French door pains of glass and replaced it with a doggy door. But my next tenants either had a tiny rat dog or a hung monster beast, that the medium dog door I had installed was either too big or too small. Now I've learned you try to do something nice and it back fires 66% of the time. --47.156.xx.xx

Sliding door (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:26 AM

You rent to friends? Uh oh, that's a bad start.

And then you mention what she "wants"? Uh oh again.

Why replace it? WHy not figure out why it opens/closes hard and fix it? Often it just takes cleaning and lubrication, or possibly some new hardware.

If you value your friendship, you might suggest she live elsewhere and help her find a nice place. We don't rent to friends or often doesn't end well.

As for the door, French doors don't seal as well and are more prone to problems IMO. I'd use a sliding door. The key to keeping a sliding door working well is to occasionally clean the tracks (especially the lower one) and lubricate it slightly.

As for who pays, you mention it's hard to open and close.

Sliding door (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 6:11 AM

This year I finally replaced the last slider with a regular door and a panel with a single hung window, why? nothing fits thru a slider - a 60 some wide opening that barely opens to 24. My brother hired someone to change a slider to french doors and has sealing issues, I mentioned I was doing away with sliders but he did not listen to the filler part of the story. You can not add a animal door on a slider.

Sliding door (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 10:35 AM

Vee, you can add a dog door to a slider. The unit is the full height of the slider with the dog door on the bottom. It attaches into the frame and the sliding door closes against it. Available at Chewy and Petco. Don't know if they make one big enough for a Great Pyrenees though.

Sliding door (by Ed [CA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 11:56 AM

Most glass shops will fix your current slider by replacing the rollers. I'm not a fan of french doors in lieu of a slider.


Sliding door (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:07 PM

I want to think everyone so far for all of the info & suggestions. I know it needs to be cleaned & I think at one time wd-40 was used on it. Iíve heard thatís a big no no. Who or what type of person would I call to come look at the door or to have the rollers replaced? If I could just have it work correctly for now, Iíd be happy. I agree renting to friends/family, B A D I D E A! ! Iím a pushover & I want to help others, however itís usually to my detriment. I would like to replace the door, because itís something Iíve wanted to do for years & replace it with something more energy efficient. Iím happy to have run across this site! Thank you all!!

Sliding door (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:18 PM

Welcome Kim, read here daily!

Sliding door (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 12:49 PM

While I like French doors and think they look nice, they take up too much floor space. All the area that the door needs to swing open into must be kept clear. That's a problem if it is a small house or apartment.

French doors are also difficult to find a type of window covering that can be used with them.

Sliding door (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Nov 21, 2022 10:30 PM

You do understand that you are the one that elects what you want and not the resident there?

Hooiser said something that you should carefully consider - if your friend doesn't pay rent for any reason what so ever - are you prepared to evict if necessary? If the answer is hard NO, then stop charging rent and just give away the place for free. You are combining friendships with business and that is a huge NO NO if you planning on staying a LL

Sliding door (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Nov 22, 2022 1:59 PM

we've done many-- wheels and full replacement. Lowes has a nice white one with screen for 379.00. We have an account at lowes and delivery is only 20.00. Takes 2 men about a half day to change and 1 man a half day to trim out. Don't destroy the old trim and before pulling one piece off-- use a razor and cut along the outside of the door-- inside the house and outside-- you will save gobs of time by not destroying sheet rock and siding.

WD40 is a rust inhibitor not a lube. we use wd 40 for cleaning grease off our hands and tools. You use moly grease for bearings. WD actually removes the lube. You can replace the rollers but need some skill for that. You do know at the bottom of the doors there are holes for adjusting the rollers up and down? Before willie nillie tricks make sure the rollers have the door jacked up and off the slider. Screw in for higher and then adjust left and right to level. --108.239.xx.xx

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