How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Birmingham
The right patio door can help your Birmingham home feel larger. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to observe a couple of indications. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Birmingham can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the best patio door for your home.
Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck
Bad weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can damage 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 move, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be level with the track.
A professional should inspect your sliding door if it scrapes while moving.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t closing properly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to fizzling out. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.
Old doors can sag and harm your floor when you open 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 you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can shrink and fracture.
You can test for drafts by holding 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 utility bills.
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 seep through these spaces, leading to 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.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.
Condensation can also be caused by ineffective installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can undermine 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.
Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help lower your utility bills and increase 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 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 discover the right 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 Birmingham.