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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Southern Pines

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Southern Pines

The right patio door can help your Southern Pines home feel roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Southern Pines can help you decide 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can distort 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 open, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while opening.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to fizzling out. The latch can also become immovable, making 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 grate 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 shrink and crack.

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 bump up your heating and cooling costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to get 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 utility bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these openings, causing 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.

Condensation

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

Condensation can also be caused by ineffective 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 serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary style. A new patio door may help lower your heating and cooling bills and increase 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 ideal patio door to match 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 come to our showroom in Southern Pines.

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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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