How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Shrewsbury
The right patio door can help your Shrewsbury home seem larger. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to notice a few symptoms. Like how the door looks and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Shrewsbury can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you select the best patio door for your home.
Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck
Severe weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can damage your door frame. This can cause your patio door to malfunction.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.
When they won’t slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.
A professional should inspect your sliding door if it scrapes while opening.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t closing correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can sag and harm your floor when you close the door.
A professional should inspect your French-style doors if they scrape against the floor or ground when opened or closed.
Room is Too Hot or Cold
Drafts are a major sign that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can get smaller and break.
You can test for drafts by using an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke drifts toward the edges of the door.
A drafty patio door can make your room seem too hot or too cold. It could also drive up your utility costs.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to replace your patio door if you spot gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your heating and cooling bills.
Snow or rain can drip through these gaps, leading to damage to your door and flooring.
Get rid of wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could indicate the door is deteriorating from the inside.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation is noticeable between the glass.
Condensation can also be linked to ineffective installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.
Broken Glass or Other Damage
Hail can cause severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary style. A new patio door may help decrease your energy bills and boost your home’s value.
ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 include energy efficient options like:
- Dual- and triple-pane glass.
- Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home warmer in the winter and more temperate in the summer.
- Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for maximum insulation.
- Between-the-glass blinds and shades.
Patio Doors Designed for Real Life
We can help you discover the best patio door to complement your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you need a bifold patio door, modern sliding French patio door or a classic glass sliding patio door.
Schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our showroom in Shrewsbury.