how to install a sliding screen door track

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Tools Needed
1 Measuring Tape
2 Philips head screwdriver
3 Hacksaw
4 Screws
5 Flat screwdriver
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Materials Needed
1 Marker
2 Ink Pen
3 Door Track
4 Vacuum Cleaner
5 Hammer
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Total Cost
$20-$50
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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If there’s a sliding door in your house, the doors operate via a track that enables them the ability to glide across the door. Tracks are found at the top, bottom, and sometimes at the side of the door frame. The tracks enable the doors to bypass each other for easy entry and exist. Bottom rollers carry the doors, with two channels on the top track that allows the doors to pass one another. Nylon top guides hold each of the doors in place, helping distribute the weight of the doors over the entire bottom panel track.

The tracks on the sliding door are well-built, designed to provide many years of worry-free years. However, there are problems that can cause the track to malfunction or otherwise work improperly, requiring a replacement in order to use the door again.

Broken tracks won’t open or close at all. Many of the tracks featured on sliding doors are constructed from PVC plastic materials that damage and become brittle over time, causing the breakage. Damaged tracks cause nuisance when using them and tracks that have simply succumbed to age and wear and tear are just as much of a headache.

Installation of a sliding screen door track may also be necessary if you’re installing new French doors or if the sliding glass door you’ve purchased for the home is without the tracks pre-installed. Although uncommon, some doors are sold without the tracks, but this isn’t a big concern since you can easily add the track.

Although a variety of reasons exist for the need to replace the track, it’s a simple DIY job in each case. The information below teaches you how to install a sliding screen door track using only a few tools you likely already have sitting around the house. It isn’t a time-consuming job, so finding the time to complete the job isn’t of concern.

In some situations you may be able to clean the tracks and avoid replacement, but this is only a short-term solution and the tracks will eventually need replacing. Before replacing the door tracks, use a sponge or cloth and a multi-purpose cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and other debris that’s accumulated on both the rollers and the screen door track itself.

Once this is complete, use a vacuum cleaner attachment hose to remove any remaining dirt from the track. Hopefully this resolves the problem and your work is done. If it does not resolve the issue, or if your door track is damaged or improperly working, use the following step-by-step instructions and learn how to install a sliding screen door track.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Getting Started

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The step-by-step instructions below teach you how to install a sliding screen door track the simple way. With these detailed DIY instructions, you’ll become a home improvement repair expert in no time. Heavier doors may require a second person to help remove. If someone is around to help with this step, you’ll appreciate the hand.

To remove the track, the doors must first come off in order for you to access the track. Luckily, removal of the doors is fairly simple. To remove the doors, stand on the outside of the door and open the screen as far as possible. Now, grip it with both hands, lifting upward on the door. As you’re lifting the doors, ensure the rollers clear the track. If you pull the bottom of the door toward you while removing it, removal is easier. Repeat this process to remove the second door from the frame.

2

Remove the Track

close up view of the track components

Take the track to the home improvement store to ensure you purchase the right size track for replacement.

After the doors are removed, you’ll need to remove the track. There are several screws holding the track in place on both top and bottom. Remove these screws without damaging the track, as you’ll need it later when measuring the new track. Your screwdriver is sufficient enough to remove the screws.

If someone is available to help, ask them to hold down the track as you remove the screws. This prevents the track from bulking or breaking, keeping it free from damage.

3

Purchase a New Track

Installation instructions may be included with the track purchase. If instructions are included, follow the specific details to easily install your new track.

Visit the nearest home improvement store to purchase a new track. Although most tracks are made from stainless steel material and sold in 8-ft. Slabs, this might not always be the case, so carefully consider all the options when making the purchase. The home improvement specialist can assist in the purchase, as well as answer any questions that you might have.

Repair tracks that fit over the existing track are available from many home improvement stores, though many homeowners prefer completely removing the old track and replacing it versus covering it. If such a type of track is of interest to you, talk to the home improvement specialist to learn more.

4

Cut the New Track to Size

If you’ve purchased an 8-ft. Or larger track, use the hacksaw to cut the track to size, using the old track as a guide. When comparing the tracks, ensure the holes line up properly, creating marks where cuts should be made. Repeat the same process to cut the track to size for the top frame.

5

Attach the New Tracks

Do not attach the new tracks to the door until you’ve cleaned the rollers. Cleaning the rollers before attaching the new tracks ensures longevity with the new track, as well as ease of operation. To ensure the rollers are clean and free of debris, clean them with a brush and denatured alcohol. Adding a small amount of lubricant to the rollers is also a good idea. The lubricant ensures the rollers operate smoothly for a long time ahead. Use a cloth to remove any excess lubricant from the rollers after application.

Once you’ve cleaned and lubed the rollers, it is time to attach the tracks securely into place. To attach the tracks, simply screw the screws into the proper holes. Ensure proper alignment of the holes and screws or you risk damage or repeating the step until it properly fits the door.

6

Replace the Doors

wood type of sliding door half way open

Firmly grip each side of the door, raising it at an angle at the top to slide the rollers inside the track. When replacing the rollers into the track, work slowly and don’t worry if you notice a bit of resistance. This is common and expected; it is a sign that you are installing the door the right way.

Lift up on the door, using the flat screwdriver blade to help raise the door. With the door in raised position, lift each of the sliding rollers into place in the track. Place one roller inside the track at a time. When you’re done, an adjustment may be necessary if the door is hard to push.

7

Adjust the Screws/Door Size

Two screws are found at the bottom of the door. These screws are known as expander screws and will likely need adjusting after the door is replaced. These screws control the height of the door. If there’s a gap after you’ve replaced the door, you’ll need to adjust the screws to ensure proper height of the rollers.

The adjustment is simple. Using the Phillips head screwdriver, turn the screw clockwise until the door moves. Again check the gap at the bottom. If the gap is sealed, ensure the door runs smoothly across the track and that it is tight enough to stay in place. If the door is tight enough, tighten the expander screw to secure the door. Repeat the process on the opposite door. If there’s a gasket holding the screw in place, just remove it.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to install a sliding screen door track in seven simple steps, you can save money, time, and hassle without sacrificing the work you need completed around the house. Man or woman, young or mature; installing a sliding screen door track is a simple and rewarding job you’ll enjoy completing.

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Questions And Answers

How do you measure a screen door for replacement?

Measure for the height by measuring from the sill to the exterior rim underside, at the top of your door. For the width, measure at the bottom, center, and top. Write the measurements down and use the shortest measurement. It is always best to measure twice to ensure accuracy.

How do you remove a sliding screen door?

In order to remove the sliding screen door, you will need a screwdriver. Look at the top of the door and remove the cartridge screws. Once you have removed this you should be able to lift the door off of the track and remove it for cleaning or maintenance.

What is the best material for a screen door?

Screen fabrics today take on a new role in allowing for minimization of UV fading and heat gain. The most common materials used today are vinyl and aluminum-coated fiberglass. The vinyl coating, however, outsells the aluminum by as much as three to one, due to it being half the cost.

How do you clean the mesh on a screen door?

First, use a hose to wet the screen. Then, use a soft cloth dipped in a cleaning solution of your choice. Now, wipe down screens on each side until all the grime and dirt has been removed. Be sure that you are gentle as to not damage the screen.

Are there different size mesh for screen doors?

There are many different sizes. There will be some standard sizes that you can buy. These are 30, 32, and 36 inches. The standard door height is 80 inches. However, if you can get a custom size if your needed size does not fit into the standard sizes.

Why do we use screen doors?

Screen doors are used for a variety of reasons. They keep insects and pests out. They also allow fresh air to breeze throughout your home. Screen doors allow for a beautiful view outdoors as well.

How do you measure a screen door?

To measure a screen door, you start by measuring the existing width of your door. Then, measure the existing height of the door. After that, measure the door’s flat molding on both sides and on top of the door.

How do you determine the swing of a screen door?

If the door hinges are placed on the right side, you should get a right swing door. When your door is open, put your back facing the jamb. Is the doorknob near your left hand? If so, it is a left swing door and vice versa.

Do screen doors come already assembled?

This would vary based on where you get your screen door and how much you are paying for it. However, yes, there are some pre-hung screen doors that you can get.

how do you change the way the screen door opens?

First, you will take all the hardware off from the door. Then, you take the door off from its frame. You will then reassemble the hardware on the other side of the door and reinstall the door.

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