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.
Retailer of Shed Door Glides in Australia
I quickly found a business here in Australia that sold them. This is where I got mine from and I have included a link to their website below. They seem to ship to Australia, New Zealand, and internationally.
2023 Supplier Update
These shed door glides are now available at Bunnings (Australia) and via Amazon (internationally). While this makes it easier to get the glides I can’t vouch for the quality of these stockist.
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 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!