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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 larger. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to notice a few 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 find the best patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can damage your door frame. This can make your patio door 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 aligned 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 closing correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and scrape 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 sign 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 holding 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 increase your utility 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 energy bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these spaces, 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 bad 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 serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you just want a contemporary look. A new patio door may help decrease your utility bills and increase 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 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 locate the ideal 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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