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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Albuquerque

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Albuquerque

The right patio door can help your Albuquerque home seem roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to see several indications. Like how the door looks and how it works.

Our professionals at Pella of Albuquerque can help you determine when it’s time for a new patio door. And help you find the right patio door for your home.

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can warp 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 examine your sliding door if it makes a rubbing sound while moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to malfunctioning. The latch can also become immovable, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can warp and scrape your floor when you close the door.

A professional should inspect 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 hint that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink 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 energy bills.

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 heating and cooling bills.

Snow or rain can seep through these gaps, leading to damage to your door and flooring.

Get rid of 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 bad installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can accumulate between the panes. This can undermine insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

Hail can result in severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for a modern look. A new patio door may help reduce your utility 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 more pleasant in the winter and more refreshing 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 find 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 stop by our showroom in Albuquerque.

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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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