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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Boston

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Boston

The right patio door can help your Boston home feel larger. And bring more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to install a new door, you’ll start to see a couple of symptoms. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Boston can help you decide 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even excessive sun—can distort 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 open, the rollers could be broken. Or the door might not be level 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 easily outward or inward, depending on the style you have.

When the door isn’t working properly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to fizzling out. The latch can also get jammed, rendering your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can sag and harm your floor when you use the door.

A professional should examine your French-style doors if they scrape against the floor or ground when opened or closed.

Room is Too Hot or Cold

Drafts are a major indication that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, 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 moves toward the edges of the door.

A drafty patio door can make your room appear too hot or too cold. It could also drive up your energy expenses.

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 energy bills.

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

Change out wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could mean the door is deteriorating from the inside.

Condensation

Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.

Condensation can also be caused by ineffective 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 lead to major structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just hoping for an updated design. A new patio door may help decrease 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 warmer in the winter and more refreshing 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 find the best patio door to fit 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 Boston.

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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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