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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Petoskey

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Petoskey

The right patio door can help your Petoskey home appear more spacious. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Petoskey can help you decide 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

Bad weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can damage 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 slide, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

A professional should examine your sliding door if it scrapes while sliding.

French Doors

A French patio door should swing easily 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 fizzling out. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and scrape your floor when you use the door.

A professional should inspect 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 sign that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can retract and crack.

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 energy costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your 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 gaps, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.

Change out 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 tied to bad installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can compromise 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 a contemporary design. A new patio door may help decrease your energy bills and increase your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 have energy efficient options like:

  • Dual- and triple-pane glass.
  • Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home warmer 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 find the right patio door to fit 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 Petoskey.

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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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