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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in South Portland

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in South Portland

The right patio door can help your South Portland home seem more spacious. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

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

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe 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 lined up with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it scrapes while opening.

French Doors

A French patio door should swing freely 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 malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can sag and scrape your floor when you open the door.

A professional should take a look at your French-style doors if they scratch against the floor or ground when opened or closed.

Room is Too Hot or Cold

Drafts are a major indication that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can retract and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by lighting 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 increase your utility bills.

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 gaps, leading to damage to your door and flooring.

Replace 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 poor installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can collect 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 just want an updated look. A new patio door may help reduce your utility 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 more pleasant in the winter and more temperate in the summer.
  • Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for the best possible insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you locate the best patio door to match 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 South Portland.

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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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