Decks and patios are almost like an American tradition. Many homeowners consider adding one a worthy home improvement project. There are those who would start this project to go along with another home improvement, such as a siding installation or a kitchen remodel.
If you do have a patio or a deck, you naturally also have a door that leads out to it. A patio door, especially if it’s a French door or something with more glass, adds to the appeal of extended outdoor living space.
A patio door also has a limited lifespan. There will come a time when you’ll need to replace your patio door. Here are some of the most common signs that the time has come.
It’s Become Harder to Operate
It’s embarrassing when your patio door refuses to budge while you’re having a barbecue on the patio or deck. Guests who want to use the bathroom or get a drink from the fridge would try to pry it open until you direct them to go around to the front door. In case of an emergency, a patio door that won’t open easily is a hazard. If it won’t close or lock properly, it becomes an entry point for intruders. This calls for the installation of a new door.
This problem is usually caused by damaged rollers or a misaligned track. Bad weather can also damage the door frame. If you didn’t hire a professional to install the door, poor workmanship might be the culprit.
It Has Lost Its Energy Efficiency
Do you feel a remarkable difference in temperature when you stand close to the patio door? If you’re outside, do you feel air blowing out when the door is closed properly? Your door is damaged enough so that it has lost its energy efficiency. It’s probably causing you a lot more in heating or cooling bills. It’s time to consider replacing your patio door with an energy-efficient model.
It Lets the Rain Inside
Gaps in the frame or the sash can be wide enough for water to go through them. Rain, snow and sleet can enter your home if there are cracks in the door. This is usually caused by warping due to weather. There is no other way to deal with this but to replace the door.
Condensation Forms Between Panes
This is another sign that the seal that keeps your door energy-efficient is broken. This happens to doors and windows. You might be able to reseal them, but the inert gas fill that makes the glass prevent heat transfer is already gone. It’s time to replace your patio door.
An old and faulty patio door also reduces your home’s curb appeal and market value. Invest in a good patio door. Twin Cities Siding Professionals can replace your worn-out patio door. We are window, door and siding contractors. We use only high-quality products. Call us today at (651) 967-0873, or fill out this form to tell us about your project.