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Sliding Door Track Repair
If you’re experiencing issues with your sliding door track, here are some easy fixes you can try.
- Clean the tracks. First, remove dirt or debris from the tracks with a vacuum or brush. Then, wipe them with a damp cloth.
- Lubricate the tracks. Try applying a silicone-based lubricant to the tracks.
- Adjust the rollers. If your door is hard to slide or wobbling, adjust the rollers to ensure they are aligned and seated correctly.
- Tighten loose hardware. Use a screwdriver or wrench to tighten any screws, bolts, or other hardware that hold the are loose.
If none of these DIY repairs don’t solve the problem, call one of our expert technicians to inspect and repair the system. They have the knowledge to get your sliding door working in no time.
What is a sliding door track system?
Sliding doors use a mechanism to work correctly. This mechanism – also called the running gear – sits at the bottom of each door. This carriage system allows the doors to slide from left to right and vice versa.
Sliding door tracks are hardware systems used to hang and operate sliding doors, which can include sliding closet doors, room dividers, and exterior patio doors. The sliding door track system consists of a track or rail installed on the top and sometimes the bottom of the door frame or opening. It also has rollers or bearings attached to the door allowing it to slide smoothly along the track.
Sliding door tracks can come in a variety of materials like aluminum, steel, or plastic and can be produced in various lengths to accommodate different door sizes. Tracks systems can be designed for single or multiple doors. Some may include additional components such as guides or stops to keep the doors aligned and prevent them from swinging out of the track.
Furthermore, sliding doors are often preferred over traditional hinged doors for their space-saving properties, ease of use, and contemporary aesthetic. They are commonly used in modern architecture and interior design.
Types of Sliding Door Track Systems
Nowadays, several types of sliding door track systems are available on the market for sliding door installations. And each system has its unique features and benefits, such as:
- Top Mounted Sliding Track. The most popular sliding door track systems use in homes and businesses alike. They are typically mounted to the top of the door frame, often chosen for their simple installation and smooth, quiet operation.
- Wall Mounted Sliding Track. As their name describes, this is a sliding door track system mounted to the wall above the door frame. A practical option for spaces with limited headroom above the door frame or when the door’s weight makes a top-mount system impossible.
- Bottom Mounted Sliding Track. Installed at the bottom of the door frame, this system suits when a low-profile track is required. They also work for heavy doors that require additional support.
- Bypass Track System. A system designed for sliding closet doors consisting of two or more doors that slide past each other on separate tracks. This type of sliding door track system is a space-saving solution, permitting easy access to a closet.
- Pocket Door Track Systems. Pocket sliding doors are mostly used in spaces where traditional hinged doors will not fit. An excellent option for walk-in closets, larder kitchen units, home offices and storage solutions.
- Barn door track systems. Preferred by those that want a rustic, industrial look and lack the space for a traditional hinged door. They are often used in contemporary homes, commercial buildings, and restaurants.
Your choice of a sliding door track system will depend on the application, weight of the door, available space, and desired style.
Sliding Door Track Problems
Although sliding door track systems are convenient and space-saving, they may occasionally require repair. Thus, you may encounter some of the following sliding door track issues:
- Clogged Tracks. Over time, dirt, debris, and other particles can accumulate in the tracks, causing the door to slide less smoothly or get stuck altogether.
- Misaligned Tracks. When your sliding door track becomes bent or warped causes the door to become misaligned. Hence, the door will not slide easily or will get stuck.
- Loose or broken hardware. With frequent use, screws, bolts, and other elements holding your track and rollers in place can become loose or break. When this happens, your sliding door will be unstable or difficult to move.
- Rust or corrosion. Depending on where you live, metal tracks and rollers can become corroded or rusted sooner or later. This will stop your sliding door from functioning properly.
- Improper installation. As a home or property owner, you must hire a professional to install your sliding door track system. An improper installation will result in your sliding door not operating as it should, leading to severe damage over time.
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