Removing the Door Panel on a Sliding Glass Door

What You'll Need
Flathead screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver

There are many reasons why you may decide to remove the door panel on a sliding glass door. It may be an old sliding door that requires replacing, or perhaps you need to stain the door panels. Recently, more decorative models have come out that might have attracted your attention. The simplest solution is to replace the door panels and not the whole frame. This is a moderately easy job that can be done in three steps and should take about an hour to complete.

Step 1 – Removing the Threshold

Sliding doors run on a track assembly located at the bottom of the door and a small piece of wood located at the top of the door. To remove the threshold from the floor, place the a flathead screwdriver beneath the edge of the assembly, flat against the door and try to pry the wooden strip up gently. Try not to gouge and damage the floor while you are prying out the wooden strip. If you see screws that are a located on the surface of the sliding glass door panel, do not unscrew these. This is because the screws secure the glass in the frame.

Step 2 – Stop the Door Movement

With a Phillips-head screwdriver, remove the remaining screws from the bottom, center, and the top of the inside sliding door frame. All of these screws are secured by L-shaped clips which hold in the door at both the top and bottom tracks. Once you have removed all of the L-shaped clips, slide the door panel through the frame tracks to the center of the unit frame. The door will become loose from the retaining frame which is at the side of the door next to the wall.

Step 3 – Removing the Door Panel

In this step, you will need to find an extra pair of hands to help carry the door panel. Lift the door panel upwards until it is free from the bottom track of the frame. Tilt the door towards you and slide it from the direction of the top of the door frame until it is out of its original position. Once you have done this, you can breathe a sigh of relief and set the sliding door panel aside in a safe place.

Now that you have successfully removed the old door panel from the frames, you can begin the fun of looking around for new door panels that appeals to you. With some searching, you can have new door panels that really add to the decor of your room!