Doors are the access portals of buildings. Doors are constructed to provide a means of entry or exit into and out of a building. Whether it is an industrial, commercial, government or residential buildings, there is not one of these buildings which doesn’t have at least a door.
Doors serve a couple of functions in a building. The most basic of these functions are the access function and the security function. Apart from allowing people in and out of a building, a door is also designed to keep things/people in or out of the building. A good door is a secure door. This is why it is essential to get a sliding door replacement if your building door doesn’t meet the security standard. Another important purpose of a door is aesthetics. A plain door can mar the beauty of a building while a door that is pleasing to the eye can improve the beauty value of a building.
A door type that fully satisfies these functions is the Sliding door.
What Is A Sliding Door?
This is a door that opens and closes by horizontal sliding. They are usually constructed parallel to the wall and are of several types of which some disappear into the wall when opened. Some common types of these doors include the Arcadia sliding door and the pocket sliding door. Places where these doors are found include the wardrobe, shower, screen and vans.
The sliding door operates using the sliding door gear mechanism. The sliding door mechanism includes the bottom rolling gear and the top hung gear. The top hung gear mechanism supports the door from the top. It is the commonest type of sliding door. The door is supported by two hangers hidden in the top track. There is a roller at the bottom track which restricts the door movement to just lateral motion. A bottom rolling gear uses two rollers on the bottom track to move the door. The door is kept on track at the top by two guides. A bottom rolling gear takes more energy to slide the door than a top hung gear does.
Most sliding doors come with an in-built lock that is more like a simple latch. However, extra locks could be installed openly or discreetly. Most sliding doors are lockable from the inside. A key lock could however, be installed to make the door lockable from both the interior and the exterior.
Sliding door repairs – When to know it’s the time for repair?
Like all things, sliding doors could get faulty with time. This can get you thinking of getting a sliding door repairs. You should know when it is the time for a sliding door repair or a sliding door replacement. Factors that could contribute to getting a repair include:
This issue mostly affects the bottom track of the sliding door. The movement of people, animals, and materials in and out of the building causes the accumulation of dirt and debris in the lower track. This track gets clogged with dirt and results in difficulties in the opening and closing of the sliding door. This could result in damage in the door as it won’t close and open properly. In fact it could start allowing air and water in. This is as good a reason as it gets to have a sliding door repair.
However, if the damage done by the debris isn’t much, you can attempt to get rid of the dirt by cleaning the bottom track with a vacuum or a brush.
The use of these doors over time results in friction getting the best of the gear mechanism. The wear and tear caused by friction could make the door hard to close and open. If the rollers of the top track get worn, it results in the door rubbing against the bottom track making it scrape against it and becoming hard to slide. This is when you have to use your whole body weight to push the door before it gives an inch. In fact, it can end up producing horrible grating noise during movement. A sliding door replacement is recommended when this happens.
Locks and Handles
A sliding door repair is necessary when there is a problem with the door locks or handles. A typical sliding door comes with a built-in lock that is operable from inside. To make the lock operable from both inside and outside, you need a door repair. Also, troubles with the handle require repairs to the door
The roller of the top or bottom track could get bent out of shape or get worn over time. This hinders the movement of the door. A replacement for these rollers is important when this happens.