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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Champaign

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Champaign

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

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to see several indications. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Champaign can help you decide when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you select 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 cause your patio door to malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it scrapes while sliding.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t closing properly, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.

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

A professional should examine 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 grow old, they can get smaller and break.

You can check 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 increase your utility bills.

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 utility bills.

Snow or rain can leak through these openings, resulting in 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 tied to ineffective installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up 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.

Outdated Style

Maybe you just want an updated design. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and boost 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 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’re looking for 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 Champaign.

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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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