How to Adjust a Sliding Glass Door in 3 Easy Steps

A sticking sliding glass door can be frustrating and, at some point, can potentially hurt someone, especially kids. Before you opt for a door replacement, you may want to consider trying a simple trick. Often, getting a smoother glide simply requires adjusting your door.

Renewal by Andersen® of Houston, a trusted window contractor in the area, shares three easy steps to get your sliding glass door moving smoothly again.

1. Clean the Track

A sliding glass door typically has a track, which serves as a guide for the door and enables the roller wheels to help the door run smoothly. This part, however, is prone to grime and dirt buildup, which can eventually affect the movement of your sliding door.

In adjusting your sliding glass door, the first thing you should do is clean the track. You can use a toothbrush or a wire brush to access the inside of the track. Once you have removed all the noticeable dirt, use a vacuum to get rid of the smaller dirt particles.

2. Lubricate the Track

You can use a silicone-based lubricant, which doesn’t attract dirt buildup. Don’t forget to wipe away any overspray that gets on the floor as this tends to create a slippery surface.

3. Adjust the Rollers

Sliding glass doors usually have adjustable rollers, which essentially make it possible for a door to slide back and forth on the track. You can access the rollers by finding the holes that conceal the adjusting screws of these rollers.

Once you have located them, you can use a Phillips head screwdriver to turn the roller adjusting screw. The screw will move the roller height up or down, so your door height will go up or down as well. Turn the screw until the door is at a height where it glides more smoothly.

Renewal by Andersen of Houston provides an array of windows and patio doors. Call us at (281) 547-6177, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We offer our services to customers in Spring, TX, and the surrounding areas.