In one of my rooms I have three sets of sliding glass doors facing the patio
and I am worried that in driving rain down here in Miami during the
hurricane season with rain blasting on the glass door and flowing downward
it will fill up the door track and water may intrude.
I am thinking of building up the inside "fin" of these tracks. I know the
part that the roller sits on they sell a strip of metal that clips on to the
original part to reinforce a damaged fin. Can I use the same part to build
up the interior fin and caulk to edges to make it less likely for water to
get in when it's raining like that?
It has not happened yet with real rain but when I use a garden hose to wash
the doors there are some water coming in.
Newer code doors do have a higher lip, height depending on the wind
rating. I would call a local dealer and see what they can come up with
for you. The problem is you create a trip hazard if you don't have the
Hurricanes aren't "rain"; they are water blowing hard enough
horizontally to penetrate concrete block and
stucco walls. We have hurricane shutters and would not be without
them. We did plywood one year. It
is not something we could or would repeat. With h'cane shutters, there
is nothing blowing against the door
to work in through seals. So, now, we keep the water form coming under
the door by piling sandbags
on top of plastic sheets. Last h'cane season, I tried to get hubby to
do the sandbags and plastic, but he
wasn't game. He didn't leave for mandatory evac, either. Not long
afterward, during one of the bad
floods up NE, I saw what plastic sheets and sandbags can do. A whole
neighborhod was under water
by several feet, but for one home. The guy wrapped plastic sheets
around his house and held them with
sandbags. No water in the house.
After hurricane Donna, ca. 1960, we had much of the Caloosahatchee
River (Lee Co, FL) thrown onto the local homes. At the end, we had 35
people huddled up in the home. The water level was just below the door
It was a day my brother recovered two of the elders, carried them both
to our home, gave them safety. Their home was in a canal behind the
I know Hurricanes! Go Miami!
Although only a kid of single digit I do remember Donna. Lived on the CT
coast of Long Island sound. Brother and I were in the yard rowing around
in a wooden rowboat.
"To the stump!"
"Aye Aye Captain!"
"Put yer back into it ya little dweeb."
"Fuck you captain."
My Andersen French wood (130 MPH) sliders will stop water from a
pressure washer. Tried it last weekend ... mostly to get the concrete
off. ;-) We are in renovation project right now to touighen up the
I am going to have a set of Windoor 8000 corner sliders to test next
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