The right patio door can help your Beltsville home appear roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to observe a couple of indications. Like how the door looks and how it operates.
Our professionals at Pella of Beltsville can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the ideal patio door for your home.
Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck
Bad weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can damage 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 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 grating noise while moving.
A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t opening the way it should, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, making your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can warp and harm 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 you need a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink and crack.
You can check 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 bills.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to get 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 utility bills.
Snow or rain can seep through these gaps, leading to damage to your door and flooring.
Replace wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could be a symptom that the door is deteriorating from the inside.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.
Condensation can also be caused by bad 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 cause severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you just want a contemporary style. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and enhance 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 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 find the right 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 Beltsville.
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.