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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Albany

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Albany

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

When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to notice several signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it works.

Our professionals at Pella of Albany can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the right patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can warp 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 broken. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

A professional should examine your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while opening.

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 aging and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you open 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 you need a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can retract and break.

You can test for drafts by lighting 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 drive up your heating and cooling expenses.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to install a new patio door if you see 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 spaces, leading to damage to your door and flooring.

Replace 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 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 hoping for an updated style. A new patio door may help reduce 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 warmer in the winter and more temperate 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 fit 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 come to our showroom in Albany.

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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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