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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Annapolis

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Annapolis

The right patio door can help your Annapolis home seem larger. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to notice several symptoms. Like how the door looks and how it operates.

Our professionals at Pella of Annapolis can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the ideal patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can distort your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors open along a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

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

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to fizzling out. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can warp and damage your floor when you close the door.

A professional should take a look at 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 indication that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can get smaller and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by using 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 bump up your heating and cooling bills.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to install a new patio door if you notice gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your energy bills.

Snow or rain can leak through these spaces, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.

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

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.

Condensation can also be tied to bad 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 major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for an updated style. A new patio door may help lower your heating and cooling 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 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 best patio door to complement 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 stop by our showroom in Annapolis.

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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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