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bmcnees16 04-19-2013 12:59 PM

Sliding Glass Door Track is Bent
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I was a landlord for the first time this past year, and I had a couple of surprises when I visited the place to say goodbye to my tenant. The largest being that the sliding glass door barely opened and when it did it would come off the track.

I did a little research online, and the general solution to this is just to raise the wheels up so is slides better. Seems easy enough. However, the track on the door is actually bent and chipped. I attached some pictures.

My question is this... Would raising the wheels be enough to get door rolling again? Or do I need to focus on a straight track too? I will only have 3 days of vacancy to address the problem, so I'd like to know soon whether this is going to be something more serious than tightening a few screws or putting on new wheels.

And on a different note, is this normal wear and tear for a door to do this? The track is physically chipped. I was shocked that it would be this warped and beat up.

HomeSealed 04-19-2013 01:15 PM

That is not normal wear and tear, nor will you be able to get that door operating smoothly again based on those pics.... I can't think of a solution off the top of my head short of replacing that door. Aluminum doors are generally terrible anyway unless you are located in a hot climate.

joecaption 04-19-2013 01:23 PM

I'm not even sure how someone could have beaten it up that bad, short of beating it with a hammer.

HomeSealed 04-19-2013 01:28 PM

It is worse than anything that I've ever seen, lol... The only thing I can think of is maybe if it was stuck at one point, somebody rocked that big-heavy panel all the way down the track and did that?

bmcnees16 04-19-2013 01:32 PM

I'm not sure what happened. I lived in this apartment for 3 years before I rented it. The door wasn't great, but I never thought this would happen in just 12 months. I have no clue what my tenant did to it.

I'd like to return as much of the security deposit as possible, so I'm trying to decide if this is "normal wear and tear". From what I'm reading, it doesn't sound like this is common.

HomeSealed 04-19-2013 01:35 PM

No, it is not normal wear and tear under any circumstance.

Thurman 04-20-2013 10:13 AM

I've replaced a few of these. The main problem is finding a new threshold that matches the current one. I don't like the fact that most windows, storm doors, and sliding glass doormakers do not put their name where they can be seen after installation. I drew out the one's I have replaced as best I could and took them to a locally owned builder supply store and they researched until they found a match. Much better than dealing with a big box store.

miamicuse 04-20-2013 09:29 PM


Originally Posted by HomeSealed (Post 1162810)
It is worse than anything that I've ever seen, lol... The only thing I can think of is maybe if it was stuck at one point, somebody rocked that big-heavy panel all the way down the track and did that?

I have seen it this bad.

One time I hired someone to do some remodeling for a bathroom. They had to knock out a lot of tile work, and behind that was thick set mortar. They used a wheel barrow to move the heavy debris back and forth from the bathroom to the outside, and the wheel barrow center wheel was sort of deflated. After about oh 100 trips or so back and forth, yeah the tracks look like that.

kwikfishron 04-20-2013 09:49 PM

Looks like hand truck damage to me.

With the right tools you could straighten that out again.

bostonwindows30 04-21-2013 05:57 AM

there is a stainless steel cap you can put over the track 20bucks problem solved, might have to straighten track out with duck bills...

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