Your patio doors have already seen some action this year. When spring brought some warmer weather, there were days when you wanted to slide or fold back the doors and let in fresh air and sunshine. Now that summer is here, those doors are going to be in use a lot more. Here are some of the things you should do to make sure they are ready for all the activities to come.
Invest in a Professional Patio Door Tune-Up
One of the easiest ways to make sure your folding or sliding patio doors are ready for all that use is to have a professional inspect them. The goal is to make sure the framing for each door is still solid and nothing is beginning to bend or warp. A pro will also examine the tracks and determine if they need replacing. Every element of the hardware associated with the doors will also be inspected closely.
The goal is to determine if any type of repair is needed in order to ensure the doors function properly. They must move along the tracks with ease and remain in whatever position you choose to place them. If the professional does find one or two issues that need to be resolved, it won't take long to make the repairs.
Give the Doors a Proper Cleaning Along with Practical Preparation
Once you know the doors are basically sound, it's time to clean them thoroughly. They may look clean at first glance, but residue and grime can build up a lot faster than most people think. Washing down the doors proper as well as cleaning out the track gets rid of buildup that could cause problems later. Depending on the type of patio door you have, it may be possible to apply some type of lubricating agent to the track and ensure the doors slide with ease. Choose the product carefully as some of them are formulated to repel dust and dirt. That will make keeping the track clean a lot easier.
Consider the Idea of a Replacement Patio Door
You already opted for a front door replacement in Toronto last year and love the style and security that the new door added to the home. If the patio door inspection indicates that there's quite a bit of repair to be done, perhaps it's time to think about replacing it.
To get an idea of the cost, ask the professional for a quote on installing a new door that is similar in design to the old one. How close is the cost of replacement to the expense associated with the repairs? If there's not much difference, you would do well to think about choosing the replacement option. When you factor in the warranty and guaranty on the new door and what that could mean to upkeep over the next couple of years, it's definitely a solution worth exploring.
As a homeowner, the upkeep of the doors and windows in your Toronto home are a priority. That includes those patio doors. Before summer really gets busy and those doors are subjected to a lot of use, have them checked by a professional. If a little work and some cleaning are not enough, work with a contractor to identify the right replacement option. Doing so ensures that the doors will provide excellent service this year and for many years to come.
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