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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in San Antonio

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in San Antonio

The right patio door can help your San Antonio home feel roomier. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

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

Our professionals at Pella of San Antonio can help you decide 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

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

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors open along a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be level with the track.

A professional should examine your sliding door if it scrapes while moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t opening the way it should, the hinges could be aging and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and harm your floor when you use 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 hint that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and fracture.

You can test for drafts by using 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 increase your heating and cooling bills.

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 energy bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these openings, leading to 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 build up between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can cause major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for an updated design. A new patio door may help decrease your heating and cooling 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 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 best patio door to match your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you’re looking for 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 San Antonio.

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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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