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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Mt. Pleasant

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Mt. Pleasant

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

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

Our professionals at Pella of Mt. Pleasant can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the ideal patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe 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 slide, 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 makes a rubbing sound while moving.

French Doors

A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.

When the door isn’t working correctly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can warp and harm your floor when you open the door.

A professional should examine 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 sign that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by lighting 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 drive up your heating and cooling costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to install a new 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 drip 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 tied to ineffective installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can collect between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can result in major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary design. A new patio door may help decrease your utility bills and increase 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 greatest amount of insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you find the best patio door to match 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 Mt. Pleasant.

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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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