10:38AM | 10/31/04
Member Since: 10/30/04
1 lifetime posts
Water seems to be leaking in through sliding glass patio doors. What could cause this?


09:10AM | 11/02/04
Member Since: 06/23/04
162 lifetime posts
Most aluminum doors and windows are rated for 1) thermal transmission, 2) structural strength, 3) air infiltration, 4) security, and 5) water infiltration. In the water infiltration test, most older aluminum sliding patio doors rated very poorly or not at all. Those doors were often sold without notification that they should be installed only in "protected" locations. That is, locations that were not exposed to direct water (such as rain).

Your best bet is to install a canopy, or awning to protect the door from the rain or to install a new sliding door that has a water infiltration rating of somewhere between 5 and 10 PSF (pouds per square foot). This roughly equates to a 25 to 50 MPH wind pushing the water through. The building code in your area has a maximum wind speed for building design. Find out what that wind speed is and ask your door supplier to provide models that will prevent water infiltration at that level. If your door is new and has a water infiltration rating, call the installer to check for possible problems with the seals or installation.

Good Luck


05:29AM | 01/12/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
Improper flashing/caulking What is on your house for siding? This web site might help.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.



Post_new_button or Login_button

If you have a spare desk sitting around, you can easily convert it into a custom vanity. Cut away the back portion of the ... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon