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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Minneapolis

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Minneapolis

The right patio door can help your Minneapolis home feel roomier. And allow more natural light and fresh air inside.

When it’s time to put in a new door, you’ll start to observe a couple of signs. Like the door’s condition and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Minneapolis can help you figure out 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can distort 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 open, the rollers could be damaged. Or the door might not be lined up with the track.

A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it scrapes while opening.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t closing properly, the hinges could be aging and close to failure. The latch can also get stuck, making your patio doors unusable.

Old doors can become deformed and damage your floor when you open the door.

A professional should take a look at 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 hint that your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can retract and break.

You can look for for drafts by holding 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 costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you spot gaps between the two doors or between the doors and the frame. This can cost you on your utility bills.

Snow or rain can drip through these gaps, resulting in 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 linked to poor installation or humidity.

If the seal fails, air and moisture can build up between the panes. This can compromise 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 ready for a modern style. A new patio door may help lower your utility bills and increase 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 more pleasant in the winter and more refreshing in the summer.
  • Colorless, nontoxic argon gas between panes for the greatest amount of insulation.
  • Between-the-glass blinds and shades.

Patio Doors Designed for Real Life

We can help you discover the right patio door to complement your home’s style, your preferences and your budget. Whether you’re looking for 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 Minneapolis.

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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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