Patio / June 25, 2018 / .
Sliding doors move easily because of the rollers installed on either side of the door. However, if the door gets stuck and must be pushed against to move, it is likely the rollers have an obstruction or are failing because of wear. Dirty rollers can have various items in them leaves, sticks, dirt which obstructs door movement. They will need to be cleaned to be able to move again without getting stuck on the track or against one another. If they have cracks or bends, homeowners will need new rollers. This is especially true for sliding doors with metal rollers, which rust over time.
French doors have evolved considerably over the years, not only in terms of the materials from which they are manufactured wood, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum but in the energy efficiency of the glazing and construction standards. They are popular as both interior and exterior doors, can be outfitted with full length glass panels or any number of divided light configurations, and come in a wide range of makes and models to suit any house style.
One of the major advantages of a French door is the ability to open up a room or expose exterior light. Of course, this would only work with fiberglass French doors or doors with a glass panel. No light is getting through your wood, steel or aluminum French door. Light also has the ability to make rooms feel brighter and less closed in, especially in living rooms and dining rooms. Open concepts do help, but adding a French door is much cheaper than tearing down a few walls.
If the rollers holding the sliding door jump out of the track, the whole door will move out of alignment. This will make it impossible to open or close it until the problem is fixed. A common reason for this is the screws holding the rollers against the track. They can become loose or fall out over time. In such cases, homeowners will need to screw them back in or replace the missing ones. Also consider spraying some lubricant on the rollers to help them move more easily.