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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Rochester

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Rochester

The right patio door can help your Rochester home appear more spacious. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to see several symptoms. Like the door’s condition and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Rochester 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

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 move along a horizontal track.

When they won’t open, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

A professional should examine your sliding door if it makes a grating noise 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 opening properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

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

A professional should inspect 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 sign that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can retract and break.

You can test for drafts by using 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 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 heating and cooling bills.

Snow or rain can seep through these gaps, leading to damage to your door and flooring.

Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could mean the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.

Condensation can also be caused by ineffective installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for an updated design. A new patio door may help decrease your energy bills and boost 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 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 locate the best patio door to complement your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you need a bifold patio door, modern sliding French patio door or a classic glass sliding patio door.

Schedule an appointment online today. Or drop by our showroom in Rochester.

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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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