I live on the coast with a north facing front (currently getting blasted by another Nor'Easter). My home is 14 years old, I GC'd its construction, and it was done right. I have high end Anderson windows and doors. On my second floor I have a slider - north facing - that has leaked for the last several years. This summer I removed the siding and trim, and resealed everything, checked flashing, etc. I used elastomeric caulk and even sealed the stationary panel. The door continues to leak. Water forms on the inside of the room in the threshold channel. I am fairly certain it is coming from the seal at the bottom of the movable panel. Two questions: Fixes for existing situation? What is the best slider out there for leak resistance in a nasty coastal environment - I see 30-40 on the nose quite often - with rain that get pushed through everywhere.
The problem is putting the words 'slider' and 'leak-proof' in the same sentence.
There are cheap sliders and expensive sliders and generally you will get what you pay for. But I don't know of any that will stay sealed under the conditions that you have. The nature of a sliding door requires that the bottom will have a slight gap to allow the door to travel. Good quality sliders can use all kinds of track drains and flexible flashings, but drive enough water up against it or have snow pile up and melt - and it's going to leak.
You just can't get the same type of tight seal that comes with a hinged style door.
Which would be my recommendation: Unless you have no room for the door swing, get a French or Atrium style door unit. If need be, they can swing in or out.
I should think a swing-out would be a door that gets trapped by snow or ice.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Thanks. I was always under the assumption that a slider actually sealed better than a French door. I do have the room and would like to switch - certainly if that is a better alternative. Again, any particulars in the design that helps? Manufacturers? I have a nice Anderson in the rear, also 14 years old, that ahs a final latching mechanism that locks the door on the jam. Is this common? Any better than others. What I get for living at the beach - nice days are beautiful and the bad ones are really bad.
When it's installed do it right and use a sill seal, no more leaking inside.
Google "jamb sill"
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