Patio Sliding Door Sticks During Winter

Its been brutally cold so far in the mid-west that when it was time to walk my dog one morning, I had a hard time opening my sliding glass door. This happens due to extreme temperature and humidity changes during the cold winter months. The wood framing around your door expands during the cold winter months causing the sliding glass door to stick and making it harder to open. So don’t worry about hitting the gym to build up some muscle, just follow the steps below and you should be good to go!

Items you will need: damp and dry rag, vacuum, lubricant, and screwdriver.

  1. Clean the lower track with a vacuum and follow that with a damp rag (no need to use cleaners or ammonia).
  2. Apply lubricant to the raised lip of the bottom track. This is where the door rides and creates the most friction. It’s best to use a non-stick silicone lubricant for the bottom track. See lubricant choices below.
  3. Apply lubricate to the top and bottom rollers. This can get tricky so using a spray will better your chances of making contact with the top rollers.
  4. Wipe off any residue from the lubricant with a dry rag that’s not part of the track.
  5. You should now test your sliding glass door to see how it glides on the track.
  6. If you see or hear the door rubbing you will need to adjust rollers. If it’s rubbing on the top you will need to lower the door by adjusting the bottom roller adjustments. If it’s rubbing on the track you will need to raise the door.
  7. Once your door seems to be sliding easier, make sure to perform monthly inspections and clean and lubricate when necessary.

Lubricants for sliding glass doors

Here’s some really good photos on how to clean and lubricate a sliding glass door.

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  1. Shawn Michaels says:

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