I recently bought and installed two sliding glass patio doors for my
beach cottage. I bought them at Home Depot, the plain-jane, inexpensive
ones. They are on the front of the building. Whenever there is a
moderate to heavy rain, the doors leak!! The threshold will fill with
water. It seems to be dripping in where the individual door panels meet.
What should I do? Should I ask Home Depot for my money back, or should I
go after the manufacturer? I am steaming mad about this. The 25 year old
patio doors looked bad, but didn't leak at all.
Your comments welcomed.
Hard to see from here, but it sounds like you installed them incorrectly,
such that the weep holes to outside world in the lower tracks are blocked.
Hope you flashed the sills correctly, or your decking will be rotting
shortly. Also possible you installed them 'racked', such that the sliding
seal in the middle ain't making it. Call a door'n'window company. or a good
carpenter, to come out and look, and give you a quote to take them apart
and put them back together correctly.
I have standard builder grade sliding patio doors on a porch, protected from
rain. They were "professionally" installed by the builder - backwards. They
leak when I wash the porch with a hose and spray them on purpose. My wife
stands guard inside with a towel while the leaking is in progress. Since
they are backwards, the outside door slides over the inside stationary door,
so there is no way to block it by dropping in a broom handle. Does that
sound like your installation?
We are looking at replacing them and find that some doors are built far
better than others. Since you are beach front, you have special needs. The
cheapest door at HD is not likely to satisfy that location even if installed
correctly. Have you checked dealers serving the beach community for their
recommendations. That would go for the windows as well.
Not able to access this forum regularly (as I'd like to) I find articles
with numerous replies such as this one extremely hard to follow. After
only a few months with usenet groups I can definately see a need for
users to consider others with respect to how they reply. I've also seen
how many defend their 'way' of replying, whether it be on the tiop or
the bottom. I would have to say that this reply is an excellent example
of why top may not be the best.
Being a beginner I found this site helpful.
Also, for your consideration.
I love you, Ann G. Thank you for encouraging bottom posting, and
allow me to add my personal strong encouragement for MAJOR SNIPPAGE of
relevant posts to include ONLY material to which one wishes to respond
so that the entire thing might possibly stay within a single browser
Bottom posting is the way to go to keep threads consistent and
coherent. Top posting sux.
For anyone using a modern newsreader, top posting is just fine. And
it also works well when using www.google.com and searching the groups
page. The bottom posting recommendations were made when people were
using green screens. If you are still using a DOS or other character
reader I can understand your problem. But it is your problem, not
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