Windows & Doors
Jan 14, 2022 3:31 pm
Has anyone installed sliding doors to a metal frame wardrobe before?
I've got the standard 80's double brick, metal frame door Australian house.
The bedrooms have built-in hinged double door wardrobes with double metal frames and old hollow core doors with a shocking paint job.
I plan on replacing these for a sliding door option but not sure what I can do about the metal frame? There is 2-3 courses of brickwork overtop and the roof frame does appear to be supported over the courses above.
All the DIY how-to videos conveniently either don't have an existing door frame to contend with, or a flat metal frame that is easy to install over.
Are internal metal door frames load bearing? I assume they can't be removed. The bulk head to the right of this wardrobe does have a steel lintel but it is not continuous over
Can the door jamb be cut out to atleast flatten the profile of the existing metal door frame? Or does that split the frame and therefore cause the same problem as removing it? Knocking on the frame it sounds very hollow to the sides and top so its almost like the door jam is a seperate piece fixed to a flat metal frame that may be the load bearing part fixed into the bricks?
Does anyone have a solution for installing a sliding door in this scenario? The local place suggests a aluminium channel to be installed over the existing door jamb, then the new aluminium sliding door jamb be installed to that. But my thoughts on that is it starts to look like a frame within a frame within a frame (rather unsightly).
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