In some cases, having impact resistant windows is not enough to avoid headaches during a storm.  To mitigate damages of your floors, baseboards, drywall, blinds, carpet, and furniture among others, it is very important to maintain or inspect certain components to guarantee the systems performance.

1. Are Locks Working Properly?

Inspect the locking hardware.  Ensure operable panels are locked properly to avoid them opening with the high winds a storm can bring.   Periodically, clean the locks and lubricate them to maintain their proper function.

2. Is your Weather-stripping, Gaskets, and wet glaze in good condition?

Inspect the weather-stripping, gaskets and wet glaze of the doors and windows. Visually inspect these components for any missing chunks, damage, cracks, movement, or lack of compression.  Any of these signs, could mean that the component needs to be replaced.

3. Are the weather components in the correct position?

This is one of the hardest inspections to do. Each System/manufacturer has weathering components strategically installed along the frame to minimize the strength of air coming thru.

It is important to keep in mind that operable system is not air and watertight. Existing gaps are necessary for panel movement and alignment.

4. Are weep holes unclogged and/or debris-free?

Weep holes are small openings that allows water to drain from within an assembly. It is crucial to have the weep holes inspected to make sure they are free of debris.  If they get clogged, these must be cleaned to restore their proper draining function.

5. Are screw heads sealed properly?

Since it rains most of the year in Florida, this inspection should not be limited to just hurricane season, but throughout the entire year.  Anchors need be sealed to avoid water entering the frame’s predrilled penetrations.  Within time, this sealant disintegrates or peels, leaving a perfect path for water to enter the system causing mold growth and destroying surrounding components.

6. Are the Vents or Panels properly aligned?

Check the Alignment of Vents and/or panels with the frame.  Proper alignment will guarantee that the locks, weather-stripping, gaskets, and pile pads can achieve their purpose.  This simple step is a compliment to all previous maintenance steps.

Following these guidelines, will ensure that your impact resistant product(s) will be preforming at the very best level that they were designed. It is recommended that all of the above procedures be conducted by a professional licensed contractor at least every 6 months to ensure that your windows will be in the best shape possible to confront the worst of the elements.

Most patio sliding glass doors come with a built-in system to drain water away and prevent it from penetrating your home. During a rainstorm water hits the outside of the glass, dropping to the track system and draining away from the door thru weep holes. Weep holes are small slots in the exterior section of the door track designed to provide drainage when water comes in contact with the glass door. They are a critical door design feature and, to prevent water from breaching your doors, you must maintain them free of obstructions.

When installing new balcony floors, it is strongly recommended to consider the patio doors’ track system design before making the final decision of your flooring product. Contractors often overlook this and, as a result, the weep holes end up covered with mortar, construction adhesive, debris, etc. Other times the new flooring is above door track level and, by gravity, all the water gets dumped into the door tracks and eventually inside your home.

Here are some important things to consider before choosing your new patio flooring product in order to keep water from penetrating your home interior:

Door tracks must always be above floor level. Patio floors must always slope away from the doors.
  •   Care is necessary to assure access to weep holes is kept clear. No caulking or other construction materials should be allowed to cover the holes. The opening should always be kept clean. With this said, patio door tracks should always be above floor level. In order to achieve that, it is strongly recommended that the old flooring gets removed prior to installing the new product. This will allow you to choose a tile with similar thickness while keeping the end product below door track level.
  • If the flooring product you choose would end up being above door track level, then a channel drain system between the finished floor and the door track should be installed. This drain will prevent the water from dumping inside the track. In this type of system, the weep holes will discharge the water from the track inside the drain as well.
  • It is extremely important that the new flooring product slopes away from the balcony walls in order to keep excessive water from reaching the doors.

Maintenance Tip: Check regularly for dirt, dead bugs and other debris that can block drainage. Remove debris promptly to prevent water from backing up into your home and causing damage. Keep your weep holes happy and you will never need to shed a tear about water breaching your sliding glass doors. As with all sliding door repairs, leave these to the professionals! Sliding door experts will get the job done quickly and skillfully.

When a sliding glass patio door or window is difficult to open, and it is not working properly, it can feel like it weighs a ton.  Adding to the hassle of trying to close the door or window, can then become a safety hazard and an energy efficiency problem.

Here are some of the reasons why sliding glass doors and windows could be difficult to open:

  • Sliding door rollers are worn due to age, rust, salt buildup or excess moisture
  • Worn down tracks
  • Build-up of pet hair and dirt on the rollers or track
  • Broken handles
  • The locks stick
  • Broken operators, arms or hinges
  • Broken window guides
  • Window balances are worn due to age, rust, salt buildup or excess moisture

Sliding glass door and window malfunction can be caused by any of the above-mentioned issues, each of which can be difficult to detect and repair. When you experience such issues, it is best to hire a professional rather than undertake the task on your own for a number of reasons.

Getting the job done right

The most efficient way to get your sliding glass doors and windows repaired quickly is through hiring a professional. Windows and doors must be secure and airtight, firm and in place. Those who undertake the task on their own often spend hours figuring out what the problem is, the repair itself takes a long time, and the right tools may not be available. Therefore, if you are looking to get the job done fast, then it is best to let a professional handle the repair.

Reliability

Windows and doors professionals will always pledge their job. This will help to take care of any problem that might arise in the future or any other unfortunate circumstances. If during the project a window or door breaks, they are likely to repair or replace it with another free of charge. Also, if any problem happens in the future that might be as a result of the repair, your window and door professional will correct it at no cost.

Your Safety is Important

Handling doors and windows can result in cracking and/or breaking of the glass panel when not done properly. This process could be extremely hazardous. Professionals are well trained on how to stay safe during repairs as well as ensuring the safety of your premises.

Saves You Money

Another advantage of hiring a professional is that it saves you money. While it may not seem like it at the onset, the cost of repairing your sliding glass doors and windows on your own can be quite high. You may invest in unnecessary materials or you may cause additional problems that require additional professional services to fix. With that said, it is recommended that you hire a professional. The professional will be able to immediately identify the problem, understand what needs to be fixed, and perform the solution. This way, you don’t need to worry about added costs of a repair gone wrong. Overall, by hiring a professional, you can get your sliding glass doors and windows repaired efficiently, safely, correctly, and at the right price.