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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Westerly

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Westerly

The right patio door can help your Westerly home appear roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to notice a couple of signs. Like how the door looks and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Westerly can help you decide when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the best patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can warp 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 move, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get jammed, making 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 sign that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can shrink and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by lighting an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke pulls toward the edges of the door.

A drafty patio door can make your room feel too hot or too cold. It could also drive up your energy expenses.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you see 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 spaces, causing damage to your door and flooring.

Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could indicate the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation is noticeable between the glass.

Condensation can also be tied to poor installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can weaken 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.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help lower your utility 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 cozier in the winter and cooler 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 find the best patio door to fit 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 stop by our showroom in Westerly.

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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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