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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Timonium

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Timonium

The right patio door can help your Timonium home appear roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to observe a few signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it operates.

Our professionals at Pella of Timonium 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

Bad weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can warp 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 damaged. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

A professional should take a look at 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 properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can become deformed 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 sign that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can retract and crack.

You can test for drafts by holding 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 bump up your energy 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 energy bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these gaps, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.

Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could be a symptom that the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.

Condensation can also be linked to 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 severe 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 heating and cooling bills and enhance 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 refreshing in the summer.
  • Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for maximum insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you find the best patio door to complement your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you’re looking for 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 Timonium.

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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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