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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Vancouver

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Vancouver

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

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to see several symptoms. Like the door’s appearance and how it works.

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

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad 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 open along a horizontal track.

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

A professional should examine your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while sliding.

French Doors

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

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

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

A professional should take a look at 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 sign that you need to install a new patio door. When seals around doors age, they can shrink and break.

You can check for drafts by holding 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 bump up your energy bills.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you see 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 gaps, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.

Replace 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 caused by poor 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 cause severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a contemporary design. A new patio door may help lower your energy bills and enhance 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 more pleasant in the winter and more temperate 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 locate the best patio door to fit your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you want 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 Vancouver.

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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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