You’ll want a partner to help you take out a sliding glass door. You don’t want to risk dropping and smashing the large and cumbersome door panels. When following the instruction on how to remove a sliding glass door, aside from physical help, you should only really need a couple screwdrivers.
Directions for How to Remove a Sliding Glass Door
- Clear a 10-foot area so that you have room to move the door panels.
- Spread some thick blankets or foam sheets on the floor.
- With a flat-head screwdriver, lift the screen door from the bottom until rollers come off track.
- Lift and tilt screen door out and set out of the way.
- Pop off threshold cover and other trim with a flat-head screwdriver.
- Find the roller adjusting screws on the top and bottom edge of the sliding glass door panel.
- Loosen those screws with a screwdriver. This reduces tension on the rollers in the track.
- After loosening the screws, see if the track has an indented area for aiding the removal of the panel.
- Move the door to the indent and lift the sliding panel upward until bottom comes off track.
- Tilt and lift out sliding panel and set aside.
- Look at the top of the stationary panel and locate the piece that keeps it from moving.
- Loosen the screws holding the track cap in place and take it out completely.
- Look for brackets holding the stationary panel to the door frame.
- Unscrew all brackets.
- Lift the panel until it comes off the track.
- Tilt the panel outward and set it aside.
- If you’re redoing the whole door frame, remove all of the mounting screws on the track and surrounding frame.
- Pry off door frame pieces.
- The opening is now ready for a new door installation.