Two years ago I had sliding glass doors (6 panes total) installed to
enclose a covered lanai on my condo. Today, one of the doors
spontaneously shattered. It is a door I have rarely opened, and
haven't been near it in weeks.
The contractor that installed them said it is not unprecedented for
this to happen, as the building may have settled (building is 30+
years old) or an event that happened weeks ago may have triggered
this. Is this bull? I find it hard to believe this can happen without
You could try to determine whether the door frame is out of square or
distorted. If you never open the door you would not be aware of shifting.
Sliding doors are among the first things to break when framing shifts
because they have such large glass areas.
Ground floor or upper? It ain't spontaneous- either it was defective, it was
installed wrong, or something hit it. I lost a panel a couple weeks ago to
an idiot lawn crew that doesn't bother to clear debris first. That safety
tempering really works- whole panel was spiderwebbed, but it didn't seperate
or fall out of the frame. With a/c on, or if you had the drapes closed, you
likely wouldn't even hear the rock or whatever hit it. The glass tells the
tale- the impact point or stress point should have been obvious, as long as
it didn't all fall out of the frame into a pile of gravel.
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