How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Plattsburgh
The right patio door can help your Plattsburgh home feel roomier. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to notice a couple of symptoms. Like how the door looks and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Plattsburgh 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
Inclement 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 open along a horizontal track.
When they won’t slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.
A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while moving.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t working the way it should, the hinges could be aging and close to fizzling out. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you open the door.
A professional should take a look at 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 indication that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and crack.
You can check 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 energy costs.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to replace your patio door if you spot 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 gaps, causing damage to your door and flooring.
Get rid of wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could be a symptom that the door is deteriorating from the inside.
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 result in major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help decrease your heating and cooling bills and enhance 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 warmer in the winter and more refreshing 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 need 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 Plattsburgh.