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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Cape Cod

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Cape Cod

The right patio door can help your Cape Cod home feel more spacious. 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 indications. Like the door’s condition and how it works.

Our professionals at Pella of Cape Cod can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the right patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can warp your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while sliding.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t opening the way it should, the hinges could be breaking down and close to fizzling out. The latch can also get stuck, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and harm your floor when you use the door.

A professional should inspect 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 get older, they can retract and break.

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 bump up your energy costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

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

Replace wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could indicate the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation is noticeable between the glass.

Condensation can also be caused by bad 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 cause severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you just want an updated look. A new patio door may help reduce your energy 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 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 complement 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 come to our showroom in Cape Cod.

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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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