The right patio door can help your Gaithersburg home seem more spacious. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to notice a couple of signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it operates.
Our professionals at Pella of Gaithersburg 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 damage 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 move, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be level with the track.
A professional should examine your sliding door if it scrapes while opening.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.
Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you open 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 indication that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can retract and crack.
You can check for drafts by lighting 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 drive up your utility bills.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to install 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 heating and cooling bills.
Snow or rain can leak through these spaces, causing damage to your door and flooring.
Get rid of 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 bad installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can weaken 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.
Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary look. A new patio door may help lower your energy 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 cozier in the winter and more refreshing in the summer.
- Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for the greatest amount of insulation.
- Between-the-glass blinds and shades.
Patio Doors Designed for Real Life
We can help you locate the best patio door to match 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 drop by our showroom in Gaithersburg.
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.