Sliding doors are a go-to for many homeowners with a patio, porch, or beautiful back lawn. They are usually made of glass, ideal for letting in light and enjoying your view from indoors and out. However, the danger of sliding glass doors is that glass is very fragile.
All too often, glass panels in sliding doors become cracked or shattered. Sometimes this can occur without anything coming into contact with the door. Strong vibrations from earthquakes or lightning striking can cause a glass door to break. A sliding glass door pane can cost between $700-$1000.
There are other ways a sliding door can break besides broken glass. Screws can come loose, the tracks can be misaligned, or can become bent. Depending on what type of sliding door you need to repair, the parts can cost anywhere from $100-$200.
Depending on your area, some parts and replacements may be more expensive than others. There may be cheaper fixes, such as redoing the caulking to prevent air from coming into your home. Insulation is vital, as sliding doors tend not to keep in heat as regular single panel doors.
If you are trying to repair your sliding door yourself, you may also need to consider the cost of tools. You may need a screwdriver or drill, utility knife, pry bar, a wrench, or pliers. If you aren’t a handyman (or woman), you may not have all the necessary supplies to repair it yourself and will have to purchase those before you begin repairs.
While it’s cheaper to repair a sliding door than to replace it, remember that you don’t have to do everything yourself. If you aren’t sure what you’re doing or don’t have the proper supplies, find a local contractor who can repair your sliding door. This will add labor costs to your budget, but the time that you’ll save may be worth it.