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Snow Blocks my Sliding Glass Door, a tip

Do you have problems with your sliding glass door closing in the winter time due to a snow block or buildup?  Here is a tip.

Does your sliding patio door look like this after that big snow storm?  The door jam is full of snow preventing the sliding door from closingI used to remove the door screens on the sliding glass doors in the winter.  I figured I sure do not need screens in the winter time.  Taking them out improves the view and lets more light in too.  But there is a downside, because there is one advantage of having those screens in, in the winter.   But only if you do one thing!

NOTE: Please read my warning below.

There is buildup of snow between the screen and slider, ready to fall into trackHere is what my sliding patio door jam looks like after a 6-8 inch snow storm.  Note the build up of snow between the screen and the slider.  As soon as you open the slider it all falls into the track.  Know why all that snow is there?  Because I left the screen door open during the storm!

With the screen door closed there is a lot less snow between the sliding glass and the screenHere is another door but I left the screen door closed, (well mostly).  All the snow builds up on the outside of the screen door instead of adjacent to the sliding glass door track.  If I had completely closed the screen there would be even less snow.

So what is the tip?

Make sure you close your screen doors before a big snow storm!  It makes it much easier to open and close your sliding glass doors!  It is even easier to open and close the screen because most of the snow will fall to the outdoors.  First open the patio door all the way, then open the screen door all the way.  I would wait for a warm day though if you can!

But what if you do not expect snow.

Warning: If you expect freezing rain or sleet then I would leave your sliding screen door open or you may not be able to get out after the storm.

If you have had sleet or freezing rain ...

I have found it very easy to clean the two narrow tracks or slots that the sliding screen glides and rolls in.  I keep a steel edge snow shovel for clearing my front concrete porch and I also have a plastic snow shovel for clearing my wooden deck (and sliders) after a snow storm.  I have found the plastic shovels edge fits perfectly into the narrow slots that guide the slider screen.  Sliding the shovel through these slots makes the job of cleaning them out fairly easy, and you will be able to use you screen for future snow storms.  If you do use a steel edged shovel on these slots be careful the metal can be soft.  The pliable plastic shovel edge is the best bet.

Please take a look at my tip on sliding screen door repair, this is a summer job though!

Hope this helped!








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