How to Remove Stationary Patio Door


A stationary patio door does not move when opening or closing, the main distinction being its lack of a hinge mount. Because there is no hinge mount for each side of the door to pivot on, they are sometimes referred to as non-opening doors, though strictly speaking, those are more correctly called french doors . Stationary patio doors are often used in conjunction with sliding glass patio doors, in which case they are mounted on top of each other and slide past each other when opening or closing. Today I am going to discuss a process on how to remove stationary patio door. So let us get started.


Difference Between the Normal Door and Stationary Patio Doors: 

A normal door opens and closes freely in a vertical direction. It isn’t fixed on one side, usually held by hinges or a closing mechanism that allows it to open and close. A Stationary patio door also doesn’t open or close freely but instead slides vertically in tracks attached to adjacent walls. A stationary patio door is supported on both sides by the tracks, so it doesn’t have a closing mechanism or hinges. It is, however, still a door that can be opened and closed.

Patio doors are placed at the ground floor level of the building; they offer easy access from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. Patio doors can be made of glass, wood, plastic, or aluminum framing with multi-pane slabs of glass as windows. The sliding parts inside the frames are precision engineered for smooth operation without any jerkiness while opening/closing them.

Step-Wise Guide on How to Remove Stationary Patio Door:

Step 1: Remove the door from the frame

The first step is to remove the patio door from its frame. It would be best if you did this in a workshop where there’s enough room for you to maneuver around with ease. The next thing you have to do is cut off the top panel of fiberglass insulation glass and then carefully remove each pane, starting at one end and finishing at the other end. You may find it easier if someone helps you with this task or ask a friend to assist by holding one end of your container open as you use your hand axe or masonry hammer to break out all of these panels—top and bottom on both sides—that are still intact within their frames after cutting away half of the glass. Remove all of these broken panels within their frames and save them for later because you’ll want to reuse them, as they are still good, just not in their initial form anymore.

Removing Door From It's Frame

You will find that there are two kinds of metal springs used in patio doors. There’s the flat spring kind or one with a rounded end for each panel that is now left exposed by removing the top and bottom pane glass panels on both sides. You don’t have to waste your time figuring out which is which, but if you do—it doesn’t matter. In either case, you can cut off any thin remaining links holding the door together from its frame—and toss these away. If you choose to remove the rounded metal links, we recommend using a Dremel rotary tool with a cutting wheel attachment and cut through the middle of each link. Doing this will speed up the process.

Step 3: Remove its Metal Frame

In order to remove the door’s frame, you must first remove all of the panels from their frames. Next, use an angle grinder with a medium-sized grinding disk to cut off any remaining tabs or pegs. Finally, break off any remaining parts leftover with a sledgehammer.

Remove All of Panels From Frames

Step 4: Remove any Remaining Hardware and Throw it away

You should now easily remove the door from its frame by taking out anything that is still intact within its hinges or locks. If you are having trouble getting it off, you can use your angle grinder with a wire wheel attachment to grind off whatever holds them together. After doing this, then take an old towel to wipe away any metal scraps that may have scattered across the floor and recycle everything else—this includes all of the scrap metal you accumulated after breaking up all the panels, as well as any additional tabs or pegs found on either side of the door’s bottom track. You shouldn’t put these scraps into your regular trash because doing so will only create a giant mess for the sanitation department to clean up, and they won’t be happy.

Use Angle Grinder With a Wire Wheel

Step 5: Wash down both sides of the door’s frame

The next thing that you must do is wash both sides of the door’s frame with soap and water, including its inside surface where all of those broken panels used to sit. The reason why we tell you to do this is that any remaining cuts or rough patches will leave splinters on your new insulated glass panes when you go ahead and install them in a bit. Again, it would be best if you use an old brush from your home’s bathroom, as this should remove any debris stuck within tight spots that are difficult to reach using just your bare hands.

Precautions While Removing Stationary Patio Door:

  • Before performing the above procedure, ensure that there is no water in the pipeline. Do not try this if you have a broken/ open hose connection or a frozen pipe.
  • Take note of the positioning of your door opener motor and other components before removing the cover so that re-installing them will be easier. 
  • If possible, remove both sliding doors off their track, which helps move it out more easily and reduces maintenance time and cost later on as you’ll only need to replace one instead of two tracks (one slider left on its track).
  • Ensure that any objects such as toys, furniture, or debris are removed from inside the patio before opening up the walls. If they fall into an open pipe and block it, then you might as well forget about the patio door ever being operational again.


In order to remove a stationary patio door, you will need to gather some tools and materials. First, you will need a screwdriver and a hammer. Next, you will need to locate the screws that are holding the door in place. Once you have found the screws, you will need to use the screwdriver to remove them. Finally, you will need to use the hammer to gently tap the door until it comes loose from the frame.

Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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