Forum Title: Leaking Sliding Glass Door
I recently went to install new flooring and after I ripped up the carpet, I found that the subfloor was rotted at the corner of the sliding glass door. So much so, i could poke a hole through it with my finger. The trim on the outside of the sliding glass door is spongy and appears to be rotting too. I also supspect the bottom of the door frame is also rotted. I had my condo association look at it (since they are suppose to be responsible for exterior walls) and they said the problem was that the sliding glass door was not keeping the water out and that it was leaking where the side meets the bottom (inside the track). They said I would need a new sliding glass door unit and that would be my responsibility. its not uncommon for snow to build up against the exterior of the sliding glass door and eventually melt in the track or even hard rains may drive water in there. My questions are if the Framing and subsill was properly flashed (like using foil tape) would this still be a problem? How do sliding glass doors normally channel water out of the track? Does it sound right that I need a new sliding glass door? Thanks in advance for your responses, -Jay
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: GARY M (Fresno, CA), 01/25/2019

Welcome to the forums! The 12' opening will need to be framed up and finished to 82 with a header across the opening, covered in sheetrock and prepared for painting. Then your french doors could be installed, cordoning off the area for the office. Be aware, however, this modification may not be desirable to new buyers, since you mention selling soon.

- EVELYN NGUYEN (Janesville, WI), 02/23/2019

Some clarification

- JANE BROOKS (Springfield, OR), 02/10/2019

If the door is aluminum, I would assume that there is leakage occurring around the siding, and you still have not mentioned what type of siding you have. (if you get water behind the siding it would get behind the nailing flange of the door and it's likely that the insulation around the door would be wet, which you can examine if you remove the interior trim as mentioned above.) It could also be that the bottom of the rough opening was not properly sealed when the door was originally installed. (This is hard to tell without removing the door). There is a remote possibility that dirt and debris has clogged the screen track and weep holes on the exterior of the door, which may have forced water to run backwards into the house. It's also a possibility that someone caulked the outer threshold of the door which acted like a dam and held water or caused it to back up. If its clear that the door install was botched then you might have a case... or at least you could have some leverage to split the cost 50/50 with them. Another possibility is the level of the surface outside the door. If you have a sidewalk, concrete pad, or deck that is HIGHER than the subfloor, standing water or snow could cause water to run back toward the house.

- BOBBIE RODGERS (Terre Haute, IN), 02/21/2019

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