The right patio door can help your Kalamazoo home appear more spacious. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to observe several signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it operates.
Our professionals at Pella of Kalamazoo 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 excessive sun—can warp your door frame. This can cause your patio door to malfunction.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors move along a horizontal track.
When they won’t move, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.
A professional should examine your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while sliding.
A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t opening properly, the hinges could be aging and close to malfunctioning. 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 grate against the floor or ground when opened or closed.
Room is Too Hot or Cold
Drafts are a major hint that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and crack.
You can check for drafts by holding 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 drive up your energy costs.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to replace your patio door if you see gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your utility bills.
Snow or rain can leak through these spaces, 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.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.
Condensation can also be tied to bad installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate 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.
Maybe you’re just hoping for an updated style. 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 cozier 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 discover the best 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 stop by our showroom in Kalamazoo.
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.