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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Bloomington

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Bloomington

The right patio door can help your Bloomington home appear more spacious. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to see a few indications. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Bloomington 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can damage 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 broken. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound while opening.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working correctly, the hinges could be aging and close to fizzling out. The latch can also become immovable, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

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

A professional should inspect your French-style doors if they scrape against the floor or ground when opened or closed.

Room is Too Hot or Cold

Drafts are a major indication that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors grow old, they can get smaller and break.

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 bump up your energy expenses.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to get 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 leak through these openings, causing damage to your door and flooring.

Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could be a symptom that the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.

Condensation can also be tied to poor installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can collect between the panes. This can compromise insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can result in serious structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for a contemporary style. A new patio door may help reduce 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 more refreshing 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 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 Bloomington.

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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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