Have you ever had a job that needed doing in the garden that you just keep putting off? You know what I mean; those jobs that you keep saying ‘I must do/fix that one day’. Well changing the garden shed door glides was my ‘keep putting it off’ garden job! If you have a garden shed with sliding door you will probably know what I mean. The shed door glides are the small moulded plastic parts that connect the doors to the track at the top. These small pieces of plastic play a vital role in the use of the shed.
Over time (our sheds are about 20 years old) these small plastic parts start to perish and become brittle. Eventually they will break and the shed door will no longer be connected to the door tracks. Once that happens it becomes very annoying having to awkwardly shuffle the door aside every time you want to open the shed!
Well in fairness one of the main reasons that we put off changing our shed door glides was because we could not find any replacements. We purchased our two garden sheds from a local shed retailer but when we tried to get the replacement parts they didn’t have any. It was difficult trying to describe to retailers that we needed the ‘plastic things that the shed doors run on’. For a while it seemed as though we wouldn’t be able to fix the shed doors!
I was determined not to give up though and I started searching high and low on the internet to try and find out exactly what these small plastic parts were called. And I had a breakthrough when I found out that they are called ‘glides’. Now that I had the correct name I could set about finding someone who sold these parts.
I quickly found a couple of businesses that sell garden shed door glides. There was one business based in Canada and another which was more local to me – based in Australia!
Both of these retailers appear to ship worldwide so I am including links to both of them so you can decide yourself which one you wish to use.
Retailer of Shed Door Glides in Australia
(website states that they also ship worldwide)
Retailer of Shed Door Glides in Canada
(Sorry this link appears to be broken now!)
UJ Robichaud TIM-BR Mart website: Spacemaker Sheds
The Treco (Australian) website also includes printable instructions and a very useful video that shows how to install the new shed door glides which I have included below.
I changed the door glides over in our two garden sheds recently and found that it was a fairly simple process. The video above made it look quite easy but you always wonder whether it will be harder in reality. I was pleasantly surprised however to discover that it was pretty quick and easy!
Getting the doors lined up with the new glides, so they could be reattached was probably the hardest bit, but after doing a couple (two for each door) it got easier.
I would really recommend getting some new shed door glides if you are having any trouble with sliding shed doors. It is not worth fighting with the shed doors when it is quite a simple process to change the glides!