Sliding pocket doors – Sliding doors are a popular option in houses with platforms or patios in the back , because they allow the entrance of a lot of natural light and allow to have views while connecting the outer space with the interior. But once they start to get old, the sliding doors stop operating smoothly or efficiently. The rollers and rails wear away with each use, the handles become misaligned and broken, and the door seals stop protecting against the weather. Although these problems can be fixed relatively easily, with advances in new sliding glass doors, many times homeowners decide to replace the sliding glass doors and change them for better ones.
When replacing sliding pocket doors, it is important to remove the interior decorative edge of the old unit and measure the existing opening before ordering the door. On the floor, determine if the door rests on the subfloor and splits with the edge of the finished floor or rests on the finished floor. Begin by removing the sliding door and the fixed panel. Many fixed panels are supported by screws and panels with studs, while some sliding glass doors with vinyl panels have fixed integral panels that cannot be removed. The point is to remove as much weight from the unit as possible before moving it out of the opening. Next, remove all interior and exterior decorative elements or the “J” channel. Remove all screws securing the aluminum rails to the jambs and the threshold. It is likely that some units do not have screws to remove. Use a tool known as a jack handle to remove the nails that secure the door frame to the existing opening frame either through the decorative edge or through the jambs or thresholds.
Remove the screws with a drill or driver. Cut the sealing paste that has been applied to seal the decorative edges and coatings or the door frame and interior finishes. Carefully swing the unit out of the door opening. If the opening of the existing sliding pocket doors does not match the specifications of the new door, you will have to fit the opening. Start with the bottom of the opening to make sure it is level and that the installed door matches the floor elevation. Shim the rest of the opening if necessary to ensure that everything is plumb, level and squared. If possible, do a dry fit test with the new sliding door to make sure everything fits easily and properly.