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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Ketchum

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Ketchum

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

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to notice a few signs. Like the door’s condition and how it operates.

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

Door is Difficult to Open or Stuck

Bad weather—rain, snow or even a lot of sun—can distort your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors open along a horizontal track.

When they won’t slide, the rollers could be to blame. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

A professional should inspect your sliding door if it scrapes while sliding.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t opening properly, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also become immovable, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

Old doors can sag and harm 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 indication that you need 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 drive up your energy expenses.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to install a new patio door if you see 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 leak through these openings, causing damage to your door and flooring.

Get rid of 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 tied to bad installation or humidity.

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

Broken Glass or Other Damage

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

Outdated Style

Maybe you’re just ready for a modern look. A new patio door may help decrease your utility bills and enhance your home’s value.

ENERGY STAR®-rated models1 include 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 match 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 stop by our showroom in Ketchum.

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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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