The right patio door can help your Charlotte home feel larger. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to notice a few symptoms. Like the door’s appearance and how it works.
Our professionals at Pella of Charlotte can help you figure out 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
Bad 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 open, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be aligned 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 closing properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.
Old doors can sag and harm your floor when you use 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 sign that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink and crack.
You can test for drafts by using 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 utility expenses.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to install a new patio door if you notice 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, 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.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation is noticeable between the glass.
Condensation can also be caused by ineffective installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can weaken insulation and energy savings.
Broken Glass or Other Damage
Hail can lead to serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just ready for an updated design. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and enhance 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 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 discover the right patio door to match 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 Charlotte.
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.