The right patio door can help your Baltimore home feel roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to see a few symptoms. Like the door’s condition and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Baltimore 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
Severe weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can damage your door frame. This can lead to your patio door malfunctioning.
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 take a look at your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound while sliding.
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 breaking down and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, rendering your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you open the door.
A professional should examine 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 get smaller and crack.
You can look for 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 increase your utility bills.
Visible Gaps or Cracks
It’s time to install 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 utility bills.
Snow or rain can drip through these spaces, 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.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if you can see condensation between the glass.
Condensation can also be linked to bad installation or humidity.
If the seal fails, air and moisture can collect between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.
Broken Glass or Other Damage
Hail can lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary design. A new patio door may help reduce your heating and cooling bills and enhance your home’s value.
ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 have 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 maximum insulation.
- Between-the-glass blinds and shades.
Patio Doors Designed for Real Life
We can help you discover 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 Baltimore.
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.