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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Grand Rapids

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Grand Rapids

The right patio door can help your Grand Rapids home appear more spacious. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to see a few indications. Like how the door looks and how it operates.

Our professionals at Pella of Grand Rapids can help you decide when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the best patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe 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 move along 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 inspect your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound while moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you close 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 indication that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can get smaller and fracture.

You can check for drafts by using 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 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 heating and cooling bills.

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

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

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation is noticeable between the glass.

Condensation can also be caused by poor installation or humidity.

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

Broken Glass or Other Damage

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

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for an updated design. A new patio door may help decrease your energy bills and boost 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 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 discover the best patio door to fit 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 stop by our showroom in Grand Rapids.

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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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