The right patio door can help your Lafayette 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 notice a few symptoms. Like how the door looks and how it works.
Our professionals at Pella of Lafayette can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the right patio door for your home.
Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck
Bad weather—rain, snow or even excessive 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 open, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.
A professional should inspect your sliding door if it scrapes while moving.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t working correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.
Old doors can sag and damage your floor when you open 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 hint that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors age, they can get smaller and fracture.
You can test for drafts by holding an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke pulls toward the edges of the door.
A drafty patio door can make your room feel too hot or too cold. It could also increase your heating and cooling costs.
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 energy bills.
Snow or rain can leak 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.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.
Condensation can also be tied to ineffective installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can weaken insulation and energy savings.
Broken Glass or Other Damage
Hail can cause serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you just want a modern style. A new patio door may help decrease your heating and cooling bills and enhance your home’s value.
ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 offer energy efficient options like:
- Dual- and triple-pane glass.
- Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home more pleasant in the winter and more temperate 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 best 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 stop by our showroom in Lafayette.
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.