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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Bloomington, IN

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Bloomington, IN

The right patio door can help your Bloomington, IN home feel roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of Bloomington, IN can help you determine 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

Severe 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 broken. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it scrapes 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 working the way it should, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get stuck, rendering your patio doors unusable.

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

A professional should take a look at your French-style doors if they scratch against the floor or ground when opened or closed.

Room is Too Hot or Cold

Drafts are a major indication that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can shrink and crack.

You can test for drafts by lighting 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 increase your energy 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 heating and cooling bills.

Snow or rain can seep through these spaces, causing damage to your door and flooring.

Replace 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 accumulate 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 an updated design. A new patio door may help decrease your utility bills and increase your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 offer 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 locate the right patio door to complement 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 stop by our showroom in Bloomington, IN.

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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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