Sliding glass door removal

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  1. Wardsweb

    Wardsweb New Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Any insight into removing a sliding glass door that goes from our bedroom to the enclosed patio (Florida rom, Sun room, etc...) and filling in the wall? Is it just a matter of getting the old doors and aluminum frame out, add some studs, sheet rock the inside and siding of choice for the outside?
  2. statjunk

    statjunk DIY Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Thats exactly what you'll need to do. A sawzall will make the job a breeze. Don't forget to tarp out the area because dust travels.

    Also depends on how the room is set up you might need a plug on that wall.

    One other issue is for a room to be considered a bedroom it must have a window. Is there another window in the room?

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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It must not only have a window, but that window must be a minimum size that allows egress. The minimum size and dimensions is regulated by your local building and fire departments.
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Egress and ventilation are BIG issues with code officials. If existing windows are not adequate, you could consider a window, or even a regular exterior door, in place of the slider.

    The sliders come out easily. The fixed and sliding panels lift out. I use a sawzall to cut the frame into smaller sections. Easier to mule them out that way. They will be attached to the jamb with some nails or screws, and flashed in on the outside.
  6. AZ Contractor

    AZ Contractor In the Trades

    Apr 21, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Out here under the IRC you need to calculate your floor area and 5% of that needs to be open ventilation for the room.

    10% of the floor area needs to be window area for natural lighting.

    You also must meet egress requirements.
  7. crater

    crater New Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Am I calculating this right according to IRC
    12'x12' room
    Does this mean that for venting I would need 7.2sf of clear opening in the room? Do door opening count for venting?
    And for natural lighting 14.4sf of window, but not necessarily venting kind?
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2008
  8. AZ Contractor

    AZ Contractor In the Trades

    Apr 21, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    You need 7.2 s.f. of open area which can be an open exterior door area or open window area.

    Yes on the natural lighting.

    Don't forget about the egress requirements.
  9. number1hag

    number1hag New Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    surveyors aid for the state of arkansas
    mountain home, ar.
    dont forget to get permision from your home owners ass. if you belong to one. i have had real troubles with them before.
  10. Nate R

    Nate R Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I perform R&D testiing at small engine manuf.
    Milwaukee, WI
    As was said, it really isn't very hard. I did one last fall in a rental property. There were sliding glass doors in the living room of the apartment that opened to the front yard. No patio, nothing. No good reason for them. They were old and failing. Found that there were only 2 nails holding the frame in! :eek:

    Pulled it out, added some studs, plywood sheathing and sheetrock inside. Also installed a 4X4 slider window in the middle of the old doorway. A LOT tighter energy wise, and the tenant was happy. Turned out well. And was cheaper than getting new doors. (This was the real motivation. It was time to either replace them or install a window and wall instead. Turns out they were a very odd width, so no cheap replacement was found.)
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