Replacement of aluminum patio door with vinyl door

Posted by on March 30, 2014 in My personal work, Portfolio | 27 comments

Replacement of aluminum patio door with vinyl door


The old patio door and the new door

The old patio door and the new door


Replacing low grade patio sliding door with new one.


Aluminum based patio doors with aluminum frame, jamb and track are part of the past now.


Before the Aluminum type doors, they were made of steel with very thick glass.
The glass was about quarter of an inch thick, The glass back then, was not safety glass.


The new patio sliding door are made of vinyl.
While the aluminum patio door unit was screwed together, the vinyl is welded, together so to speak.
The vinyl profiles are much thicker then the old aluminum, as results, you get a very rigid  system all together.


The track on the bottom is made of stainless steel verses soft aluminum that gets out of shape easily.
Dual safety glass panes and low E are becoming the standard on all vinyl doors.
This job took place in central Phoenix.
In order to get the old aluminum unit out, I had to score into the stucco to expose the nails.


The demolition takes more time than the actual installation.
To cut into the stucco, I use a four inch grinder. I do it before I remove the old doors, That keeps the dust outside. !!


Scoring the stucco and exposing the nails

Scoring the stucco and exposing the nails

By the time I trimmed around the door on both sides, you see no gaps anywhere.
No need for stucco repair !
Here is another similar story in this website about removing patio doors and installing new vinyl patio doors. Click here 


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Dov Shapira, owner of Shapira Builders

Dov Shapira, owner of Shapira Builders

Shapira Builders always gives free estimates.


  1. Hanging sliding doors can not be easy. But the fact that you used stainless for the lower slide makes it a quality job. I hate when the door slides get bent and you have a hard time sliding the door. Great job.

  2. I love vinyl doors! Very unique and the output is way beautiful!

  3. Great job Dov! I always love your work:) You do such a fabulous job!!

  4. Thanks a lot

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  8. Yes, I agree, thank you

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  14. I used a grinding blade to cut the stucco along the the door frame

  15. Thank you

  16. What great work as always Dov. I'm amazed at the job you've done here.

  17. I'm so impressed with your craftsmanship Dov!

  18. I really like this look. I've been thinking about taking out some windows and putting french doors in.

  19. I agree with Veronica, as I was wondering how you did this without damaging the surrounding areas?

  20. This looks like a challenging job done to perfection!

  21. This is a great job and nice clean look!

  22. Amazing job as always! A whole new modern look to that door.

  23. I really like the look of vinyl doors (and windows). Clean, modern and definitely more efficient. Thanks for sharing your project – looks great!

  24. I love the look of the new door! You did a great job!

  25. Great job! And the bonus is NO stucco repair…Yay!!

  26. You can't see any gap at all! That's pretty really good work!

  27. You did this all without stucco repair? That comes from being a master craftsman and knowing your stuff. Great job as always