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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Des Moines

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Des Moines

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

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to observe several signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it works.

Our professionals at Pella of Des Moines can help you figure out when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you choose the ideal patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Severe weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can damage 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 slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound 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 working the way it should, the hinges could be aging and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

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

A professional should inspect 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 sign that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can get smaller and crack.

You can check for drafts by lighting an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke drifts toward the edges of the door.

A drafty patio door can make your room seem 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 energy bills.

Snow or rain can leak through these openings, resulting in 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 ineffective installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can weaken 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’re just ready for an updated look. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and increase your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 include energy efficient options like:

  • Dual- and triple-pane glass.
  • Low-emissivity glass coating to keep your home cozier 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 complement 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 drop by our showroom in Des Moines.

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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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