The only time your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement patio door panels should come off the track is when you intentionally remove them for routine maintenance or to trouble-shoot a problem. Checking patio doors about once a month will help ensure your doors slide open and closed effortlessly for many, many years. Anytime your new door sticks or seems tight, you should examine your track to make sure there aren’t any obstructions or damage.
Patio Door Maintenance Check List
- To ensure they’re not in the way or get damaged during your inspection, it’s best to take down window treatments – curtains, blinds, shades, etc. – before inspecting your patio door.
- Careful remove your door insect screen(s) and place them in a safe place until you are ready to reinstall them after cleaning.
- If you opted for removable grilles when you designed your replacement patio doors, and you want to clean the glass panels at the same time, lift the grilles away from the glass near the edge of the frame. Clips are permanently affixed and you should not try to remove them. If you need more detailed instructions on safely removing and reinstalling your grilles, watch this video.
- Inspect the tracks for corrosion, chips or divots. The bottom of the track – the part where the door panels slide – should be flat, debris free and firmly in place. If you find rust or corrosion on the two parallel bars on either side of the flat bottom that create the sliding space, use a narrow high-quality wire brush to address areas that could be causing the door to stick.
- Use a small brush-type vacuum attachment or wand to remove loose dirt, leaves and other debris in the “valley” of the track.
- Wipe the area with a soft, damp cloth. If you find it hard to remove sticky or greasy spills, use a mild soap and water solution. Never use harsh chemicals or sharp objects to attack stubborn stains.
- Dry the tracks and test the door operation.
- If the door is still hard to open after following steps one through seven, you may need to lift out the door panel to get a clear view of the full track. Refer to the cleaning and maintenance brochure your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island dealer gave you after the installation or call us at 1-877-313-9052 for assistance.
- These general cleaning instructions for sliding windows will give you tips on cleaning your patio door glass panels.
- Reinstall screens, grilles and window treatments.
Troubleshooting Replacement Sliding Patio Door Issues
Renewal by Andersen sliding doors should be easy to open. If you have to make an effort, there is something wrong that needs attention. Here are a couple of things to remember about your new doors.
- You don’t need an oil-based lubricant. The dual-ball-bearing rollers with self-contained leveling adjusters keep your doors functioning perfectly without routine oiling and greasing. If you feel you absolutely must use a lubricant, choose a dry silicone or Teflon product.
- Although it is rare for a new patio door to shift shortly after installation, you may notice your door is not level. You can manually adjust the door following the instructions on page 22 and page 23 of the Window Care and Maintenance of Renewal by Andersen Products Guide. Download the PDF version to access step-by- step instructions for contemporary and French sliding doors.
- Loose screws and nails can interfere with smooth operation. Check all nails and screws holding the door in place to make sure none of them are loose and sticking up high enough to cause the door to hang.
Keep Your Sliding Patio Doors in Top Condition with Tips & Guidance from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Specialists
Your new replacement patio doors are designed to glide smoothly with minimal care and maintenance. If you notice your patio door hangs and you can’t spot anything obvious, don’t get frustrated. We would be more than happy to come out and diagnose the problem with you. Just take a minute to fill in the short form on this page or call us at 1-877-313-9052.
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8 Ways Fibrex Composite Beats Vinyl as a Window Frame Material
Due to the widespread availability and commodity nature of vinyl windows, most people believe are unaware that there are other choices for their replacement windows on Long Island, NY.
As your local Long Island Renewal by Andersen replacement window and door specialists, we want you to have all the information you need to choose the right windows for your home. Part of your decision will include selecting window frame material for your new windows. This article will help you explore the differences in our patented Fibrex composite window frames and the vinyl window frames sold by most other replacement window companies.
1. Wood Tones
Both vinyl, which is a type of plastic, and Fibrex, which is a composite material made from polymer plastics and recycled wood, are light weight and easily manufactured in a variety of colors and shapes. One difference you see immediately is that the wood component in our composite material make it possible to get real, rich, wood tones with stains during the manufacturing process. There is a real contrast to the wood tones available in Fibrex that are simply not possible with painted or applied plastic films on vinyl windows. Fibrex provides you with much more variety and decorating versatility in a durable, low-maintenance package that looks and performs beautifully for years.
2. Better Views for You
Vinyl replacement windows tend to have thicker, wider frames to accommodate for the weaker and more flexible nature of the plastic construction. Becvause Fibrex frames are substantially stronger than vinyl they can be manufactured with much narrower frames to maximize your views of the outdoors and the natural light that can enter your home.
3/4. Strength and Stability
Fibrex gives you the best of both worlds: the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance and rot resistance of vinyl. The stable wood component of Fibrex provides it with strength vinyl simply cannot match. To compensate, vinyl window frames are often thicker, reducing the amount of transparent glass in your windows. Not only does the wood portion of Fibrex provide strength and rigidity, it is also very stable and doesn’t have the extreme expansion and contraction characteristics that limit vinyl’s stability. Fibrex windows are both strong AND stable.
5/6. Durability and Efficiency
Although both framing materials will give you low-maintenance benefits that include scratch resistant surfaces that don’t mold and mildew in humid climates, Fibrex replacement windows won’t warp, bow or bend in response to extreme temperature variances like vinyl can. This material stability provides increased durability and extends the effective life of Fibrex far beyond its vinyl counterparts.
Fibrex has a very low thermal expansion rating that closely corresponds to your home’s other structural materials. Because of this, composite windows of Fibrex will not shrink and pull away from the structural components of your home nor expand and bow and twist when restricted by the framing.
Fibrex’s low coefficient of thermal expansion is the reason that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows perform as consistently well in your Long Island home where the winters can be brutally cold and the summer scorchingly heat. This inherent material stability prevents cracks and gaps that can lead to air and water leaks and condensation build up on and around the glass.
7/8. Economy and Ecology
Another advantage to patented Fibrex window frames is the economy of the manufacturing process. Andersen Windows, our parent company, created Fibrex as part of the company’s strong commitment to sustainability and sound economics. Because these composite windows are manufactured using wood reclaimed from other product lines, fewer trees are harvested and less waste is deposited in landfills. The company also saves time and money spent on transportation and acquisition costs for building supplies. In fact, Andersen is the only company within the industry to receive the Green Seal of approval for environmental protection and manufacturing processes.
Fibrex’s extremely low heat transfer rating means the window frames are more efficient than others, keeping your home warmer in winter, cooler in summer and saving you money on your heating and cooling bills year-round.
We know you have a choice when it comes to buying replacement windows and doors for your Long Island home. At Renewal by Andersen, we want to help you make the most informed choices so you are 100 percent satisfied with the results after the installation.
Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for a Free Replacement Window Design Consultation
Give Renewal by Andersen of Long Island a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your information in the form on this page and one of our friendly design consultant’s will be happy to answer your questions about your replacement windows and patio doors and provide a fee design consultation for you in your home. Remember to ask about our warranty for Fibrex replacement windows.
Check out these posts for more information on replacement window frames.
- Four Pillars of Replacement Window Frames, Part 1
- Four Pillars of Replacement Window Frames, Part 2
- Composite Versus Wood Replacement Window Frames
- Why Fibrex is the Best Material for Replacement Window Frames
- Vinyl Windows Versus Composite Windows Cost
- Which Replacement Window Frame Is Best
- Wood or Fibrex Composite Replacement Windows Long Island