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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Wilmington

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Wilmington

The right patio door can help your Wilmington home feel roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Wilmington can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you select the best patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can distort your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

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 aligned with the track.

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

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 breaking down and close to fizzling out. The latch can also become immovable, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can sag and scrape your floor when you close the door.

A professional should examine 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 age, they can retract and crack.

You can look for 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 heating and cooling 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 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 caused by poor installation or humidity.

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

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can lead to severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you just want an updated style. A new patio door may help decrease your utility 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 warmer in the winter and cooler 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 ideal 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 Wilmington.

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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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