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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Traverse City

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Traverse City

The right patio door can help your Traverse City home seem more spacious. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Traverse City can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the best patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can warp your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors move along a horizontal track.

When they won’t slide, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound 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 working correctly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can warp and harm your floor when you close 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 hint that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can get smaller and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by holding 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 utility expenses.

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 heating and cooling bills.

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

Get rid of 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 compromise insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can cause 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 lower 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 cozier 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 discover 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 Traverse City.

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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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