replace or not patio slider, 20 yr old?

jaansuJuly 12, 2013

I'm about to have my slider door to the deck removed to solve a rot issue below it. The door seems in fine condition but I was wondering if these things have a lifetime and replace it while we have it out. Anyone have experience on how a slider goes bad?

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HandyMac

Sliders main problems are the rollers on which the moveable door rides. Which are replaceable.

The other---and much more troublesome problem is debris collecting in the channels and causing water to collect in the channels.

There is a good possibility the screws will strip on removal attempts. You may find the unit will be damaged enough replacing it will be necessary.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 12:12PM
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millworkman

Being proactive may be a good thing here as well. If you plan to change it and have the unit at the ready it may eliminate having to purchase something "off the shelf".

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 12:44PM
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kudzu9

I'd definitely replace if it does not have double pane, insulated glass.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 5:53PM
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Fori is not pleased

Mine is from 1955. It works better than new ones. I'll probably replace it after the earthquake but I don't see any imminent expiration date.

If yours is a nonstandard size, though, being proactive is probably a good idea, especially if it might not survive the procedure.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 1:25PM
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MichaelKelley

You better consider replacing it, it may be old & very quality product, but at that time, now you cant buy the same nor can have better servicing, so you go for change! replace it.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 6:52AM
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