The right patio door can help your Portsmouth home appear roomier. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to observe a few symptoms. Like how the door looks and how it works.
Our professionals at Pella of Portsmouth can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you select the right patio door for your home.
Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck
Severe weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can warp your door frame. This can cause your patio door to malfunction.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.
When they won’t slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be aligned with the track.
A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while moving.
A French patio door should swing smoothly outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t closing correctly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also get stuck, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.
Old doors can sag and damage 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 indication that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink and crack.
You can check for drafts by using 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 increase your energy costs.
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 energy bills.
Snow or rain can leak through these openings, causing damage to your door and flooring.
Get rid of 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 tied to ineffective 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.
Maybe you’re just ready for an updated look. A new patio door may help decrease your heating and cooling bills and enhance 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 discover the right 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 come to our showroom in Portsmouth.
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.