Here's How Much It'll Cost You To Repair Your Sliding Glass Door

Whether it's an indoor or outdoor sliding glass door, the minute something breaks is a major headache because you know you'll spend a decent amount of money to get it working again. On average, homeowners pay around $225 to restore their sliding glass doors. The lowest amount you can expect to pay is $50, while the highest is $635, depending on several factors. However, if you need to replace some of the major parts, costs can rise between $1,000 to $3,000.

Unfortunately, there are many different ways a sliding glass door can break. For instance, if any small cracks were made at the time of installation, this can lead to the entire glass shattering much later. Or, if an excessive amount of grime builds up on the track, the wheels could get stuck, which may lead to someone accidentally breaking the glass or frame by pulling the door too hard. Whatever the case, you can find the various repair expenses below.

Costs based on what broke

First, a major determinant of repair costs depends on exactly what is broken. If you need to fix your doorframe, the cost to do so is around $350 to $850. The total you spend depends on the type of materials you use, how bad the damage is, and the time it takes to make the repair if you hire a professional. And as stated previously, the wheels on the track are also susceptible to damage. If yours have broken, you can repair them yourself for a mere $20 to $40. But, if you need to hire a professional, the price will shoot up to around $75 to $140.

However, if you've shattered the glass and need to replace it, the price range can be anywhere from $100 to over $1,000. There are several glass materials that determine what you'll be spending. The price of Low-E glass is $100 to $500, impact-resistance is $300 to $500, textured and glass-filled are $500 or more, and tempered glass is typically $1,000 or more. 

Costs of hiring a professional

Although you may be tempted to repair your sliding glass door yourself, hiring a professional is highly advised to ensure everything is installed properly. Typical labor costs are around $30 to $40 per hour. So, you're additional costs will depend on how long it takes to restore your glass door. However, those living in a bigger city could face higher labor costs, between $60 and $120 per hour. But, if you're a confident DIYer, you could save between $150 to $300 by making the repairs yourself.   

Once you've made your repairs, the best thing you can do is take some preventative measures to avoid future mishaps, such as regularly cleaning different parts of the door. For example, it's important to vacuum the track and wheels at least once a month, followed by a good scrubbing with a simple cleaning solution of warm water and soap. Also, routinely cleaning the glass can prevent grime from building up on the frame and tracks.