Doing a project yourself is a great way to save money, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right choice in every situation. Changing out cabinet hardware is one thing, but what about more complicated projects, like window and door installations?

If you’re thinking about installing sliding glass doors on your own, here are a few important things to consider.

DIY or Not? Installing a Sliding Glass Door

Measuring the Door Frame

Many people get excited about installing a new door and head straight to the hardware store to order a beautiful door that fits the décor of their home. Then, when it finally arrives, they realize it doesn’t fit.

If you’re going to DIY your sliding doors, make sure you measure the opening before you start shopping for a door. It’s a lot easier to order a door that fits in the existing space than it is to widen the space to accommodate a new door.

Removing and Replacing the Door

A patio door replacement project is medium to high on the difficulty scale for DIY projects. It’s not a project the first-time DIYer should attempt. Only if you’ve had some experience removing and installing windows and doors should you give it a try.

You’ll need some surprising materials and tools that include:

  • Leakproof flashing
  • Extension jambs and shims
  • Support blocks and filler strips
  • PVC cement and sill pans

If you aren’t sure what those items are or what they’re used for, it’s probably best to turn to a professional. In addition, you should also keep in mind that replacement doors are heavy. Just one door can weigh up to 100 pounds, which can make it difficult to maneuver during installation.

Warranties and Guarantees

Many door companies provide warranties, but those warranties don’t extend to the installation. In addition, if the door is improperly installed, the product warranty may be void.

The benefit of hiring a professional company to install a sliding glass door is the fact that you will be provided with an installation warranty. You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that your door was installed properly. If it wasn’t, someone will come out and fix it without you having to lift a finger.

Ready to Start Your Project? Call Us!

If you’re ready to install a sliding door and you want to make sure it is installed right, turn to Sandia Sunrooms & Windows. Give us a call or fill out our online form and we’ll provide you with free pricing on your project!