If you currently have a sliding door in your home and you’re looking to find replacement sliding door hardware, you may be asking yourself, "where should I start?" A good idea would be to know the different parts of your sliding door so you can name the specific part you need to have replaced.
Some of the parts your sliding door is made out of include the wheels and axles that act as the door’s sliding mechanism; the horizontal or vertical sheaves that hold the wheel and axles and attach it to the sliding door; the tracks that hide the hangers from view; the hangers and hinges that ensure precise door alignment; door guides that hold the doors in place while they are open; the latches, locks, and knobs; and the spare components, including the springs and bolts that your sliding door would typically need. Other considerations you should take into account include the type of sliding door you have (glass, wood, etc.), and whether it’s light- to medium- duty (as for residential homes) or heavy-duty (for commercial or industrial settings).
To find replacement sliding door hardware, the first thing you should do would be to contact the store where you bought the original parts. It’s recommended that you stick to the same brand when installing replacements, so that the consistency of the door’s mechanisms can be maintained. By the way, some stores offer free replacements parts if you buy all the sliding door components from them. Also, review the warranty to see if you can take advantage of free repairs and replacement installation if the sliding door is damaged within a year of installation.
Another option for you would be to find listings of hardware shops near your area. A tool you could use to find such listings would be bbb.org. Narrow your search to nearby hardware shops. Do comparison shopping online by calling their listed numbers and looking for the best deals right from the comfort of your own home.
Once you’ve chosen a particular hardware shop that fits your qualifications, it’s a good idea to patronize their services consistently. This will enable you to establish a rapport with the merchandisers, and you can ask to be put on their mailing list for discounts and coupons.
Yet another way for you to find replacement sliding door hardware would be to visit websites of sliding-door parts distributors, such as johnsonhardware.com, cowdroy.com, and allaboutdoors.com. You could also try out naturalhandyman.com, which lists links to different replacement sliding hardware distributors. The best thing about visiting these different sites is that it can give you a pretty good idea about the different styles available, along with their corresponding prices. This will enable you to find the cheapest, best-quality replacements available. However, you will need to know the exact specifications of the replacement parts you require. If you’re not quite sure about this, it might be a good idea to hire a professional to assess the damaged parts that need replacement.