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!
You can also get replacement parts for treco oldfields garden sheds from Canberra Sheds & Outdoor Storage
Thanks for the information Colin!
Where can i get these in england please
Australian Treco Door Glides website state that they ship worldwide. Here is a link to their international pricing page https://www.trecodoorglides.com.au/TDG/BuyItInternational.asp
You should be able to order them from that page.
mike wotton says
i need this glide kit, can i buy it in the UK ?
Hi Mike, I’m not sure where you can go to buy these in the UK but you can buy them online via the Treco website link that I shared in this post. The Treco website has an international customers page (https://www.trecodoorglides.com.au/TDG/BuyItInternational.asp) where you can order this door glide kit. I hope you are able to get some!
Hello from Western Canada;
My old neighbors just asked me recently, to help with a well-seasoned metal garden shed – the same problem, sliding door HW broken. After some long search (don’t bother to go to large chain stores, they only want to sell complete new sheds!), I finally found the appropriate parts on the Website of HOME HARDWARE.
For our SPACEMAKER shed, the part(s) are called DOOR REPLACEMENT GLIDE KIT (item # 5116-778), and should be coming in soon (Aug.2015). Seems to be a stock item, still selling well.
The pricing is fair, about $ 12 for a pack of four (for two sliding doors), and I’ll be happy to drive the 30 km to the next store, which is out of town. I’m in Calgary, where Home Hardware no longer have any outlets…
A little for the installation: the metal C-shaped track in our shed is not accessible from either side. But instead of taking it out, I just opened one corner of the shed. This way, I can bend the side wall out, about 4″ is enough. Only needed to remove some 10 small screws, Holding the thin metal walls together.
Good luck to everybody, and remember (during your search): persistence counts!
Hi Leo, thanks for sharing where you found some replacement glides. You are right, with a bit of persistence you can usually find what you are looking for! Also thanks for the installation tip when there is no side access. One of the sheds that I changed the glides on only had access on one side (which is enough) but I hadn’t thought about how to install them when there is no side access!
Thanks for visiting!
Here’s another place in Canada that has replacement glides for Spacemaker sheds
Thanks for the info Steve, they seem to be a bit easier to find these days!
We have also been looking for these elusive parts! These look like the correct ones, at Bunnings –
Oh wow Bunnings have them now – I will have to pick up a spare set next time I’m there! Thanks for sharing that link Wendy!
That’s OK! I was surprised when I saw them there too! 🙂
Bunnings door glides for Treco sheds are Chinese imports they only last about 12 months, very inferior quality
What a shame. I haven’t checked out the Bunnings ones yet, thanks for letting us know!
Great thanks for sharing
Murray B says
Problem with Bunnings door glides – more expensive than trecodoorglides.com.au & non genuine less quality, means have to change more often. Good tip for maintenance spray regularly with silicone spray
It’s a pity about the Bunnings ones, it would have been handy if they were genuine parts! Plus thanks for reminding me to give my shed doors a spray with silicone spray!
Aaron C. says
Excellent post! I never knew you could fix these yourself. My family always bought new ones. Good to know!
Thanks Aaron! It’s always better to fix it if you can!
I couldn’t get the original replacement ones. So used 2 sets of drawer runners from a local DIY store.
Thanks for the tip Pete!
Carole Holme says
Door runners for the Yardmaster Shed in the United Kingdom. How to obtain these please?
Hi Carole, I’m not sure where you can get the Yardmaster Shed door runners. I did do a quick check online and the only thing I can suggest is that you contact Yardmaster directly. Here is a link to their enquiry form where you can make a parts enquiry: https://www.yardmasterstore.com/contact
I hope you are able to find them!
I found your site a little while ago ,and now thanks to you i nhave two sets of sliders in my tool box , where one set will be used tomorrow …..thanks again I found them at Rona in Ontario Canada ………Ben
So glad to hear that you were able to get some Ben! Thanks for letting me know!
Reg Kenny says
I have a metal shed that has plastic door gliders, but as I live in the UK it seems I can not buy them here. I can only buy them in Australia – Canada -etc yet I purchased the shed in the UK. WHY
I don’t know why they don’t sell the replacement glides in the UK, seems silly when you can buy the shed! The only suggestion I have is that the spare part suppliers in both Australia and Canada seem to ship worldwide. I hope you are able to get some!
Reg Kenny says
Hi Kaylene, thanks for your message, it does seem crazy but I will keep on
Michael Davies says
I also have broken door glides which need replacing. I have no idea of the makers name, however the picture you supplied showed one of the identical glide to which I require. Could you please point me in the direction so that I can purchase a full set
Hi Michael, there is a link on my page that will take you to an online seller of these door glides. I’m not sure where you are based but they seem to ship internationally if you are not from Australia. The link is: https://www.trecodoorglides.com.au/default.asp
If you scroll down a bit there are further links depending on where you are based. They have separate payment pages for Australian customers, New Zealand customers, and Internation customers.