How to install an aluminum sliding door?

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Sliding doors are very fashionable and they are particularly preferred in spaces where there is less space at the front so that the doors can be opened and closed in an easy manner. Especially for spaces where there is ample amount of space at the sides of the entrance, sliding doors are preferred over other types. However, the correct installation of the door is necessary to make sure that these doors operate in an intended manner without any trouble for their life period. In this article, the correct way to install an aluminum sliding door will be explained in detail.

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The first step for working on any kind of task is to make sure that the right safety gear is available for the site and the tools that are going to be used for the project. For installing an aluminum sliding door, the following set of tools are going to be required:

  • Drill with appropriate drilling bits

  • Nails and Screws

  • Hammer

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Spirit level

  • Measuring tape

First, using the measuring tape, the cavity for installing the sliding door has to be measured to make sure that the cavity is at least 20mm bigger than the door that is being installed for fitting the frame. It is recommended that the depth of the cavity should be equal to the width of the frame so that a perfect fit can be achieved. After that, the spirit level should be used to make sure that the frame is perfectly level so that there are no gaps between the frame and the cavity. Most commonly, the frame of a sliding door comes with pre-drilled holes for the mounting screws so holes at the same level should be drilled in the cavity and using the screws, the frame has to be fixed properly inside the cavity. 

After that, look for any space between the frame of the sliding doors and the wall cavity to look for any gap that might be there and use packing material to fill these gaps to make the frame watertight. The frame has mounting ridges on the bottom, where the door would be able to slide so the doors must be placed carefully on these ridges and fixed properly. After that, using a small amount of grease, these ridges should be properly lubricated so that the door can move without hindrance on the track.


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