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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Raleigh

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Raleigh

The right patio door can help your Raleigh home feel roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Raleigh can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose 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 distort your door frame. This can lead to your patio door malfunctioning.

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 level with the track.

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

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t closing the way it should, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. 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 inspect 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 sign that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors get older, they can get smaller and fracture.

You can check for drafts by holding an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke moves toward the edges of the door.

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

Visible Gaps or Cracks

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

Snow or rain can leak through these openings, leading to damage to your door and flooring.

Replace 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 collect between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can lead to severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a modern look. A new patio door may help reduce your energy bills and enhance your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 offer 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 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 stop by our showroom in Raleigh.

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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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