How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Decatur
The right patio door can help your Decatur home appear more spacious. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to notice a few symptoms. Like the door’s appearance and how it operates.
Our professionals at Pella of Decatur can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you select the right 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 move along a horizontal track.
When they won’t slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.
A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it scrapes while sliding.
A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t opening the way it should, the hinges could be wearing out and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you use the door.
A professional should examine your French-style doors if they grate against the floor or ground when opened or closed.
Room is Too Hot or Cold
Drafts are a major hint that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and break.
You can check for drafts by holding 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 increase your heating and cooling costs.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to install a new patio door if you see gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your energy bills.
Snow or rain can drip through these spaces, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.
Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could mean the door is deteriorating from the inside.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.
Condensation can also be linked to poor installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.
Broken Glass or Other Damage
Hail can lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just ready for an updated design. A new patio door may help lower your utility bills and increase your home’s value.
ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 have energy efficient options like:
- Dual- and triple-pane glass.
- Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home more pleasant in the winter and more temperate in the summer.
- Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for the best possible insulation.
- Between-the-glass blinds and shades.
Patio Doors Designed for Real Life
We can help you discover the best patio door to match your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you’re looking for 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 Decatur.