Replacing sliding glass doors is a home improvement project that comes up often, especially in older homes. Before energy efficiency became a priority, and before technology improved building materials, sliding glass doors were some of the most inefficient aspects of a home, bar none. In fact, an older sliding glass door that faced the wrong direction was almost like not having a barrier there at all. —Home Advisor.com
Slider French Door Replacement GuideFrench door replacement help to exude elegance and top the list when it comes to enhancing a room’s charm. These are perfect replacements for old sliders, but of course, the sliding doors must first be taken out. Replacing sliders with French doors isn’t very complex, but the work will be somewhat challenging. Since most sliders chassis are installed in block, you’ll need to use more than a little muscle to remove them. Once you have the rough opening measured out and have purchased your new French doors, you’ll need to gather the following items and tools: a claw hammer, pry bar, drill-driver, drop cloths and plastic, eye protection, a dust mask, and someone to assist you. Then, follow these steps:
- Put down drops cloths and create a plastic barrier. When you remove the old glass sliding doors, it’s likely a lot of dust will fly about. Put down drop cloths and use plastic to cover nearby furniture.
- Remove the trim. The trim around the sliding glass doors must be removed to fully expose the track. If you plan to reuse some or all of the trim, pry it off carefully with a claw hammer or a pry bar. Place the trim out of the way to avoid tripping over it.
- Take out the track. The track will probably be installed with concrete screws and difficult to remove. Use a drill-driver and start at a low power setting so you don’t accidentally snap the heads off the screws.
- Hang the French doors. Once the track is out of the rough opening, you can then set prehung French doors in, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You might have to use shims to close small gaps and to ensure the doors are plumb and level.