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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Decatur

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 see a couple of 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 find 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 make your patio door 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 examine your sliding door if it scrapes while sliding.

French Doors

A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.

When the door isn’t opening correctly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can warp and harm your floor when you use the door.

A professional should examine your French-style doors if they scratch 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 retract and crack.

You can test 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 utility 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.

Replace wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could mean the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.

Condensation can also be caused by poor 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 lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a modern design. A new patio door may help decrease your heating and cooling 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 greatest amount of insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you locate the ideal patio door to fit your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you want 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.

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1Some Pella® products may not meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in Canada. For more information, contact your local Pella sales representative or go to energystar.gc.ca.
 
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