Removing exterior molding of a sliding glass door provides access to the door. Remove sliding glass door exterior molding with tips from a certified home inspector in this free video on home repairs and maintenance.
In this segment we're going to cover removing the exterior molding, or siding in this case so we can get access to remove the door. As you can see on our pre-inspection a bunch of it's been previously removed. On this side over here we've got one piece remaining and in lap siding, overlapping so you have to take it off in a chronological order, starting from the top to bottom. And this is cedar siding so it's very brittle, and real easy to crack or split and damage it. It's gotten extremely expensive over the years and it's getting harder and harder to get so we want to be real careful not to damage any of this so we can reuse it. Now I'm just going to use a flat bar and slide it from behind and gently push out, and I can find the nail locations that way, and I just want to slowly work it out. Then I've, prior to starting removal I took a razor knife and I ran up along the edges, and sliced the caulk line and that makes it a lot easier to slide out, less chance of it cracking or breaking. And thanks to our work previously that will cover everything on this side of the door. We've already pried back and removed everything across the top to gain accessibility to see how the door was installed so we could do our pre-inspections. Down this side we removed the short pieces because they're easier to replace but these long ones we don't want to take the chance of damaging them, so what we're going to do is saw down an inch and a half out. That allows us enough room to slide the lip of the door frame out on the old door and also enough room to install the new door. We're going to use a brick molding to finish it off on the outside and then we'll just need to trim the boards to the width of the brick molding, so we have a good tight finish. That way we don't have to remove these boards and risk the potential or possibility of damaging them. And that will conclude removing the exterior frame or siding in this case for accessibility for the door. Please watch our next segment on removing interior door trim.