The right patio door can help your Northern Virginia home appear roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to see a few signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Northern Virginia 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 too much 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 move, the rollers could be damaged. 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.
A French patio door should swing easily outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t opening the way it should, 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 become deformed and damage 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 you need a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and fracture.
You can check 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 bills.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to get a new patio door if you spot gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your energy bills.
Snow or rain can seep through these gaps, 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 linked 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 serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and enhance 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 more pleasant in the winter and cooler 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 find the ideal 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 Northern Virginia.
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.