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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Washington DC

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Washington DC

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

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to observe several indications. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Washington DC 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 make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors open along a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, 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 grating noise while moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t closing the way it should, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and harm 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 a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can get smaller and fracture.

You can check for drafts by holding an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke pulls toward the edges of the door.

A drafty patio door can make your room feel too hot or too cold. It could also bump up your utility bills.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you spot 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 openings, causing damage to your door and flooring.

Get rid of 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 linked to poor 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 severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary style. A new patio door may help reduce your heating and cooling bills and boost 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 warmer in the winter and cooler 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 find the ideal patio door to fit your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you’re looking for 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 Washington DC.

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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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