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Posted on Sep 07, 2015 by Sam Heer

Fall Maintenance Tips for Patio Doors

Stepping out to your deck is always grand when you have patio doors. These are always a popular and welcome home addition because they improve energy efficiency, add resale value, and raise your home’s curb appeal all at once. For this reason, it’s important to keep your patio doors in good condition this fall.

If you haven’t done your annual home-care checkup, then now is the perfect time! Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois understands the importance of maintaining your patio doors in Champaign, IL. Here are some handy tips to get you started:

Clean Your Doors’ Glass

The first thing you can do is remove dust, film, soot, and other debris by using a mild detergent and water solution. Use a soft cloth or brush to do this. For heavier dirt or grime sticking to your glass, wipe it off first with a soft, dry cloth. Then apply a slight cleaning solution like soapy water or liquid window cleaner and clean the glass in a circular motion. You can use another clean cloth afterwards to remove the cleaning solution. Make sure not to do your cleaning in direct sunlight as it can damage the glass.

Check Your Door’s Hardware

Don’t overlook your patio door’s hardware. Clean them with mild soap and water. Rinse and wipe dry with a soft cloth and lubricate movable parts with light oil or dry silicone spray.

Make Your Doors Slide Better

If your patio doors are hard to open, use a small brush attachment or cordless vacuum to clean the sliding door tracks. Apply lubrication to these upper and lower tracks as well. This keeps the door and hardware clean and eases operation. If that doesn’t work, the problem may lie with the rollers at the door’s bottom. These might be rubbing against the track. Turn the adjusting screw, which you can find at the bottom of the door ends. This raises or lowers the rollers. Check to see if the doors are sliding easier after a few adjustments.

If your patio doors continue to have problems even with good maintenance, it might be time for replacement. For this, you’ll want to call a trusted home improvement contractor like Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois. When looking for a good patio or storm door in Peoria, IL, they’ll be your best choice to have installed in your home.

Old or damaged patio doors can be more trouble than they’re worth. With our replacements, we will make sure fall maintenance is easy. Lifting our doors, cleaning them, and placing them back is effortless and provides no ill effects to performance. Our patio doors also contain Fibrex® frames, an energy-efficient material that lasts long and functions beautifully. It does not crack, rot, or dent, ensuring durable doors that can withstand the elements.

Call us today at (866) 693-6707 for a free estimate.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

Eric L.

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