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Top Fixes for Common Sliding Door Problems

As one of the top installers of exterior doors in the area, our specialists at Renewal by Andersen® of Des Moines are no strangers to the common problems with sliding doors. Sliding patio doors are perhaps one of the most popular styles chosen by many homeowners, particularly for houses with a limited floor area. But for all the advantages of this type of door, it’s not without its ills. Let our experts show you a few of the most common trouble spots for sliding doors as well as some pointers on how to resolve them.

Top Fixes for Common Sliding Door Problems
Dust and Dirt Build-Up

Dust is a frequent issue in almost all parts of a home. Dust and dirt are notorious for getting into even the narrowest of crevices, making them a nightmare for any homeowner. The rails and tracks of a sliding door, unfortunately, are no exception to this. Over time, accumulated dust can solidify within the tracks, obstructing its opening mechanism.

The only way to avoid this problem is to make sure that the tracks of your patio doors are vacuumed clean at least once a week. Clean the rails even further by wiping them down with a soft wet cloth to remove any dirt left behind by the vacuum.

Broken Tracks

Bending and warping of the sliding rails happen more often than you think. Constant foot traffic or even dragging heavy objects through the tracks can bend them out of place. This can make it more difficult to slide open or close the door.

Minor damages can easily be fixed by straightening the rails with a pair of pliers. Larger issues will require professional attention.

Damaged Glazing

Our glass doors and windows at Renewal by Andersen are designed to withstand some amount of force, but they are far from invulnerable. Sometimes, accidents happen, and your glass panels end up broken. Repairing broken glass doors are typically out the scope of most DIY fixes. Call a professional window contractor to help properly fix this issue.

When it comes to quality windows and doors, trust only Renewal by Andersen of Des Moines. We are your leading provider of different types of patio doors, such as French doors and sliding doors. Give us a call at , or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free in-home consultation today. We serve homeowners in Des Moines and nearby areas.


"Our thanks to Dave Steffes, Amanda, Robert, and Chris in the office as well as Nate, Phil, and Colton, our window installers. Everyone treated us kindly and handled our installation with professionalism and dedication. We are so greatly pleased with our windows and entry door – everything looks AMAZING!"

Kurt and Gloria H. - Des Moines, IA
August 2014

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