I have two doors in the house that leak. One is a side garage door, a
simple aluminum frame door. The other is the basement patio sliding
door. Doors are 18 yrs old. Both doors leak around the bottom corners
of the frame in moderate to heavy rain. I suspect that the sliding door
has a broken seal somewhere in the channel. I noticed leaks last year,
and this summer went around with lots of caulking, but it didn't fix
My question is, is there a relatively simple fix (flashing, weather
guard) that I can use to protect the doors from leaking ?
Also, can the sliding door (aluminum frame door that slides in a
channel) be re-sealed, or am I better off just buying a new one ?
An aluminum slider is no comparison to a new quality wood , composite or
fiberglass ,Low E Argon door . Little air infiltration and less cold
througt the glass and frame. Aluminum frames are perfect to transfer in
the cold. A new quality door can make a huge difference, I notice it
We have old sliders, under a balcony so they are protected. Only time
they leak is when I wash them. The rubber "glazing" meets at the top of
the frame, so I finally got around to sticking a little silicone caulk
in the space. If the wheels or the track are worn, there can be a gap
allowing wind driven rain in - we just had repairs on ours which
included putting down a new rail that snaps in right on top of the old
track. Previous to that, there was about 1/2" gap at lower end of door
between slider and the adjacent stationary pane - hubby used to have the
satellite cable coming in the door until I nagged sufficiently :o) New
sliders would be nice, but so would a new Mercedes :o)
Normin you are so typical, you would rather have a door that costs a few
to many $ more a month to heat and cool your house and drive a mercedes
The mercedes only goes down in value, new doors raise you homes value,
I was being facetious - trying to illustrate that new, triple width
sliders (we have two sets) would cost a lot. We did get the opening
repaired, after a lot of nagging on my part :o) At least you didn't
call me a liberal :o)
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