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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Eau Claire

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Eau Claire

The right patio door can help your Eau Claire home feel roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to see a couple of signs. Like how the door looks and how it operates.

Our professionals at Pella of Eau Claire can help you decide 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can distort 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 open, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound while sliding.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t opening correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and harm your floor when you use the door.

A professional should examine your French-style doors if they scrape against the floor or ground when opened or closed.

Room is Too Hot or Cold

Drafts are a major indication that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors age, they can retract and fracture.

You can look for for drafts by lighting an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke drifts toward the edges of the door.

A drafty patio door can make your room seem too hot or too cold. It could also drive up your heating and cooling costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you see 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 spaces, resulting in 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 compromise 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 ready for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help lower your utility bills and increase your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 have energy efficient options like:

  • Dual- and triple-pane glass.
  • Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home more pleasant in the winter and more refreshing 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 best patio door to complement 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 Eau Claire.

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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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