Friday, March 8, 2013

How to Clean and Seal a Patio Door Tract Tile

Fig.1 Lower tracks
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Brush 2-Inch
Henry clear caulking
Henry #212 clear all purpose patch
Liquid tile wax  
Metal scraper
Scraper metal edge
Stucco patch
White latex caulking
White primer

Mrs. H. calls my repair service when her home in North Hollywood needed repairs. This time her bedroom patio needed tile and track was leaking inside the bedroom. 

This post shows the fifteen steps to cleaning and sealing a damage patio tract and tile.

Step 1: The head and sill are the upper and lower tracks that hold the doors. The jambs are the vertical parts of the frame. Two panel patio doors have one fixed glass panel and one operating panel which slides. The screen is usually installed on the outside.
Step 2: Above fig.1 above shows the stucco below the lower tracks had a was a huge hole the entire perimeter of the lower tract.
Step 3: Fig.2 below shows more damage near the lower patio tracks.
Fig.2 Tile damaged 
by metal tracks
Step 4: Fig.3 shows the start of the cleaning process, removing old caulking near the stucco wall and the tile grout.
Fig.3 Scraping 
damaged grout
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the metal scraper removing caulking around the patio tract and the tile.
Fig.4 Scraping by wall
Step 6: After all the old caulking has been removed use a shop vacuum to remove the debris. 
Step 7: Fig.5 shows the Henry #212 clear all purpose patch sealant. It's the perfect caulking to use for this situation. It's expensive but it's durable.
Fig.5 Clear Patch
Step 8: Fig.6 shows the application of the clear caulking into the large crack between the patio tract and the patio exterior tile.
Fig.6 Henry crystal 
clear patch
Step 9: Fig.7 shows that white caulking was used as a decoration, so the caulking matches the white patio paint. The entire grout on the exterior tile floor was done with a reciprocating saw to make the job faster. This is one way to see if the grout is intact and then to repair it if it is broken.
Fig.7 White bead
Tile Tip grout cleaned
Step 10: The next problem was that the stucco walls above the tile had a crack the entire length of the patio. Fig.8 shows a new stucco patch was placed over the crack in the walls. This was done on both side of the patio door.
Fig.8 New stucco patch
Step 11: After the stucco patch dried, the entire area was painted with exterior primer.
Step 12: The painter was going to paint the exterior wall.
Step 13: Fig.9 shows the patio area cleaned.
Fig.9 Sealing the tile
Step 14: Fig.10 shows that the patio is being sealed with liquid tile wax.
Fig.10 Sealing the tile 
and grout
Step 15: Fig.11 shows the final job. Now they can enjoy their new patio.

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