19 April 2024

Patio Door Maintenance: Tips for Keeping Your Doors in the Best Condition

<strong>Patio Door Maintenance: Tips for Keeping Your Doors in the Best Condition</strong>

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Patio sliding doors can provide a seamless connection between your indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing natural light to flood in and offering beautiful views of your garden, patio, or balcony. While our modern patio doors can last for years without much maintenance or chore work, sometimes simple maintenance is essential to ensure that your patio doors continue to function as smoothly as possible and maintain their aesthetic appeal. 

In this article, we will provide you with some valuable tips for keeping your patio doors in the best condition. If you’re interested in upgrading a property with our high-performance, low-maintenance patio doors, find your nearest fabricator now.

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Clean the Tracks Regularly

One of the most important maintenance tasks for sliding patio doors is keeping the tracks clean. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate in the tracks, making the doors difficult to open and close. To clean the tracks, use a vacuum cleaner or a soft brush to remove any loose dirt. Then, wipe the tracks with a damp cloth to remove any remaining debris. Regular cleaning of the tracks will ensure that your patio doors glide smoothly and effortlessly.

Lubricate the Tracks

In addition to keeping the tracks clean, it is also important to lubricate them regularly. Lubrication helps to reduce friction and allows the doors to slide smoothly. However, it is important to note that not all patio doors require lubrication. For example, ProVia sliding patio doors have aluminium tracks that do not need lubrication. If your doors have wooden frames, you may need to apply a silicone-based lubricant to the tracks. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when lubricating your patio doors.

Check and Adjust the Rollers

The rollers on your patio doors play a crucial role in their smooth operation. Over time, the rollers may become worn or misaligned, causing the doors to drag or become difficult to open and close. Regularly check the condition of the rollers and make any necessary adjustments or replacements. If you are unsure how to do this, it is best to consult a professional to ensure that the job is done correctly.

Inspect the Weatherstripping

The weatherstripping on your patio doors helps to keep out draughts, moisture, and noise. Over time, the weatherstripping may become worn or damaged, compromising its effectiveness. Regularly inspect the weatherstripping and replace any damaged or worn sections. This will help to maintain the energy efficiency of your home and keep your patio doors in optimal condition. Patio Sliders by Deceuninck come with weather-resistant features that are built to withstand harsh UK weather conditions, so even after years of use, they can continue to keep out the cold winds and leaks. 

Clean the Glass

Cleaning the glass on your patio doors not only improves their appearance but also allows more natural light to enter your home. Use a glass cleaner and a soft cloth to clean the glass regularly. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough materials that could scratch the glass. Additionally, pay attention to the condition of the seals around the glass. If you notice any signs of damage or deterioration, it may be necessary to replace the seals to prevent air and water leaks. All the double glazing that comes standard with all of our aluminium patio doors and uPVC sliding doors is capable of providing A+ energy rating efficiency, all while having beautifully slim sightlines. 

Maintain the Door Frame

For sliding doors with a wooden frame, it is important to maintain the frame to prevent damage and ensure longevity. Regularly inspect the frame for any signs of wear, such as peeling paint or cracks. If the original varnish on the wood has begun to wear down, re-varnishing the wood is necessary to protect it from moisture and the elements. This will help to maintain the structural integrity and appearance of your patio doors.

Set a Maintenance Reminder

To ensure that you stay on top of patio door maintenance, it can be helpful to set a bi-monthly reminder. This will prompt you to inspect and perform any necessary maintenance tasks. By staying proactive and addressing any issues promptly, you can keep your patio doors in tip-top shape and avoid more costly repairs down the line.


Regular maintenance is key to keeping your patio doors in the best condition. By following these tips, you can ensure that your doors continue to function smoothly and enhance the beauty of your home. Remember to clean the tracks, lubricate as needed, check and adjust the rollers, inspect the weatherstripping, clean the glass, maintain the door frame, and set a maintenance reminder. By taking care of your patio doors, you can enjoy their benefits for years to come, and the doors will become a long-term investment that can help keep energy bills low.

If you're considering patio door replacement or need any assistance with your home improvement projects, we at Patio Sliders are here to help. Our range of high-quality patio doors is designed to enhance the style, practicality, and value of any UK home. Get in touch with our friendly team for more information, call us on 01249 816 969 or find your local fabricator today.

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