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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in St. Paul

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in St. Paul

The right patio door can help your St. Paul home feel roomier. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to observe a few signs. Like how the door looks and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of St. Paul can help you decide when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the right patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can warp your door frame. This can make your patio door 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 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 working correctly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, rendering your patio doors unusable.

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

A professional should examine 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 your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink and break.

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 utility bills.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to get a new 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 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 caused by 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 cause 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 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 warmer in the winter and more temperate 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 fit 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 stop by our showroom in St. Paul.

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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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