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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Winston-Salem

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Winston-Salem

The right patio door can help your Winston-Salem home feel more spacious. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to notice a few symptoms. Like the door’s condition and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Winston-Salem can help you figure out 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

Bad weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can damage your door frame. This can cause your patio door to malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

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

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working the way it should, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can sag and damage your floor when you use the door.

A professional should inspect 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 get older, they can shrink and crack.

You can check 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 increase your utility bills.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to get 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 utility bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these spaces, 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 caused by ineffective 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 lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a modern style. A new patio door may help reduce your energy 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 the best possible insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you discover the best patio door to match your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you need a bifold patio door, modern sliding French patio door or a classic glass sliding patio door.

Schedule an appointment online today. Or come to our showroom in Winston-Salem.

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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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