Asked on Nov 16, 2018

How do I replace metal sliding doors on shed?

Karen J
by Karen J

I have an old metal shed and the doors are dead. Rusted, bent, won't stay in the track. I'd like to remove them and put pull open doors on hinges instead. Would this be possible? If so, how?

Thanks, Karen

  5 answers
  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 16, 2018

    of course it's possible you'll need to add some kind of extra frame.brace to support the weight of the doors especially since they are swinging out. You can just get new doors and put them back into old track(clean out track and WD-40 the heck out of it first) Look what I found for you

  • William William on Nov 16, 2018

    Remove the sliding doors. Frame the doorway with 2X4's on the inside screwed from the outside around the doorway. Then you can screw doors with hinges to the frame.

  • Karen J Karen J on Nov 17, 2018

    Hi there;

    Thanks everyone for getting back. That link is perfect .. that's exactly what I'm looking for !

  • Chas Chas on Jun 27, 2022

    You can actually replace the sliding metal doors with wooden fence boards, as the thickness is virtually the same.

    My metal shed had damage to the doors from an attempted break-in, but rather than trying to purchase replacement doors from Arrow (my shed manufacturer - though most metal shed doors are interchangeable based on size), I decided to go with pressure treated fence boards. The cost to build (and paint) actual doors may be marginally higher than replacements, and you'll have to do the build yourself, but the result with new handle hardware (instead of the plastic pulls), and a cover-latch for locking will make the shed appear a tad higher-end than the original look that came with the unit. It took me about a day to build, adjust, shave off board ends, etc. to get the fit right. I also added an extra plastic hanger at the top, in the middle of each door (available at box stores), to compensate for the added weight (which isn't that much extra), for each wooden door. I also put a little motor oil in the lower slide track - good on metal and wood as well - for lubrication).

    When done, the wooden doors slide, like the originals, have new hardware, and look much better (I only took a couple pix, but you can get the idea)

    Hope this helps.

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