Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding the fitting of sliding doors.
Can I Cut the Track of my Sliding Door?
The simple answer to this question is yes, you can cut the tracks of your sliding door to the right size (using a hacksaw), however it is important that you measure the door space correctly beforehand, so you can work out how much will need to be removed. Cutting too much of the track off means the door will not fit and you will have to start over from scratch with a new track. The only sliding door product we sell which cannot be cut is the ‘iMpero Slide’ linked here: https://www.sliding-doorstuff.co.uk/item/309/impero-slide-pocket-door-kit?ref=321 .
What Tools Will I Need to Install a Sliding Door?
To fit a sliding door, there are a few tools and other pieces of equipment which you will need. First, having a pencil and a tape measure is useful, this way you can easily measure and mark out the tracks, for them to be cut down to the correct length, to cut the track you should use a hacksaw. Other tools you will require include a drill, a screwdriver, a spirit level, to ensure that the door will be straight when fitted, and Allen keys of varying sizes.
Do I Need a Special Type of Door to Fit a Sliding Door?
As long as your door has a timber head rail, there are no special requirements when it comes to the type of door you want to use, other than there being a weight limit; it is important that you know how much your chosen door weighs and purchase the correct kit for its weight.
How Much Skill do I Need to Fit a Sliding Door?
In order to be able to fit a sliding door, you will need some DIY experience and the appropriate materials. Fitting a sliding door is not recommended for a first time DIYer, however with a good level of experience, fitting a sliding door should be relatively easy.
How Does a Floor Guide Work?
Floor guides are designed to keep a sliding door fixed in place, as well as to keep the bottom of the door stable. Floor guides are just a guide and not a rail, so they do not have to be as long as the door is, this makes them less visible when fitting sliding doors.
Here is our YouTube video on what floor guides are and how they work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTI9ubI8huk
If I Lose or Damage a Part, Can I Buy a Spare?
Generally speaking, we do sell most of the components separately, so if you were to lose a part or damage a part you should be able to buy a single replacement. The most common thing to lose is the floor guide, because of its small size, and we do sell these separately, should you have this problem. Here’s a link to a single floor guide which can be purchased as an extra: https://www.sliding-doorstuff.co.uk/item/70/2191-4054-metal-floor-guide-for-sliding-doors?ref=90
If there are any other questions that you may have regarding the fitting of sliding doors, or any other door related questions do not hesitate to contact us! We are available at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below.