LESLIE: Now we’re going to head over to Arizona where Lita has a question about a sliding door. What can we do for you?
Sliding Glass Door Seal Repair
LITA: Yes, I have a couple of sliding glass doors; vinyl frames with – double-paned with the argon gas.
TOM: Mm-hmm, OK.
LITA: And it appears that two of the sliding portions of the door have lost their seal, so I’m getting some condensation inside.
LESLIE: On the inside, yeah.
LITA: Yeah, and I was wondering if they can be, you know, resealed with the gas or do I just need to go out and buy some new ones.
TOM: Unfortunately, no. Once that seal fails, the moisture starts to get in, that has to come right from the factory. It’s not something that we can fix onsite. The good news is that it’s mostly a cosmetic defect. It typically doesn’t impact the energy-efficiency of the door all that much, so you should think about perhaps living with it for a while but if it gets really nasty-looking over time, then you can think about replacing the doors, Lita.
LITA: OK. Yeah, because yeah; a couple of them are getting to that point …
LITA: … where it just bothers me; where it’s impeding the view and, you know, what’s the sense.
TOM: Yeah. Well, if you’ve got a beautiful house and a beautiful view, then it’s worth changing out those doors. You might want to take a look at the Therma-Tru sliding glass doors. They’re made out of fiberglass and they’re real energy-efficient and they can really take a punishment. I’ve known these folks for a long, long time. I’ve been to their factory. They make great products.
LITA: OK, great. Well, I appreciate your help.
TOM: Alright, good luck with that project, Lita. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.