We own a 40 year old home and need to replace the original sliding glass door that leads to our patio. It occationally comes off track whenever someone slams it and the screen door doesn't work well at all. The main reason it needs replacing is that it doesn't fully close, meaning we are losing a lot in energy costs. Because of these problems, I am hesitant to replace it with another sliding glass door. I don't want to replace the door and then just have these problems reoccur. My question is, are these problems inherent with sliding glass doors or is mine just showing it's age. Are the new ones better at staying on track, etc. I have considered french doors but have been told they are notorious for leaking. Also, what brands are of good quality but not too expensive. Thanks for any input
The new sliding glass doors are very energy efficient compared to the old ones, and are actually tighter than french doors for air infiltration. Just be sure to stick to a well known name door such as Pella, Andersen, or Marvin. Pella Pro Line and Andersen are available at ***** or **********. The Pellas in particular are constructed the same as their more expensive Designer windows and doors, but without all the bells and whistles.