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So, you've been bitten by the remodeling bug and among your latest home improvement was converting a den into a bedroom. Now, you're staring at those old, ugly glass sliders that lead out to the back. You can't count the number of times people (yourself included) have run into them and they just look dated. Sliding glass doors were popular many years ago, but now, there are better choices and you've decided to make a change. That's why you need to know how to replace sliders with French doors.

How to Replace Sliders with French Doors

There are several reasons to replace sliders, first and foremost among them is safety. Even though you can lock sliding glass doors, they are easy to pop off the track using just a pry bar. French doors, on the other hand, have a non-removable pin, even though the hinges are exposed. Another reason is better insulation. Sliders are notorious for allowing cool and warm air pass, which just ups your monthly utility bill. If you want more energy efficiency, French doors are an improvement.

During the 1970's and 80's, sliding glass doors were commonly used in many homes. Today however, they make a house look dated and old-fashioned. One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of updating your home is to replace old glass sliders with modern French doors. Often used on patios, porches, and for entry into the backyard, French doors are a great way to bring natural sunlight into your home. Made of wood with glass panels, they give the home a light and airy feel. Fortunately, these doors are surprisingly easy to install, making this a project the average homeowner can complete in just a few hours.

Yet another reason to replace sliders with French doors is due to function. You can only have half the entry/exit open at any time. So, if the sliders span six feet, only three feet can be open at once. With French doors, you'll gain almost the entire six feet when open. That's great because you'll have sufficient room when entertaining on beautiful days. To gain these benefits, just follow these steps for how to replace sliders with French doors:

  • Measure the rough opening. The rough opening is the distance from one wall to the other, and the top to the bottom of the opening, not the frame of the sliding glass doors. Write these measurements down. Purchase a set of pre-hung French doors the same size or even a bit less wide than the rough opening.
  • Pull out the old sliding doors. With a helping hand, use a pry bar to gently lift one side of the sliders and remove it from the frame. Then, do the same with the remaining half. Set both aside, away from your working area.
  • Remove the old sliding door frame. The frame will be likely be screwed to the walls, the top and bottom of the rough opening. Unfasten the bottom first, the sides second, and the top last. You can then pry the frame out of the rough opening.
  • Install the French doors into the opening. Put the pre-hung French doors into place. Once the frame is in-place, you’ll need to use flashing tape, insulation, and sealant to keep it from being an energy waster.
  • Test opening and closing before fastening the doors. After the French doors are in-place, open and close them before tightening the retaining screws all around the frame.

When you're ready to dispose of those old glass sliders, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We have locations all around the area and will pick them up and haul them away so you don't have to bother.

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