How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Mankato
The right patio door can help your Mankato home feel roomier. And let more natural light and fresh air inside.
When it’s time to replace your door, you’ll start to observe several signs. Like the door’s appearance and how it opens.
Our professionals at Pella of Mankato 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 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 lined up with the track.
A professional should take a look at your sliding door if it makes a grating noise while moving.
A French patio door should swing freely outward or inward, depending on the style you have.
When the door isn’t opening correctly, the hinges could be wearing out and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, making your patio doors unusable.
Old doors can warp and scrape 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 sign that you need a new patio door. When seals around doors get older, they can shrink and break.
You can check for drafts by using an incense stick by the door. There’s a draft if the smoke pulls toward the edges of the door.
A drafty patio door can make your room feel too hot or too cold. It could also drive up your heating and cooling costs.
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 leak through these openings, resulting in damage to your door and flooring.
Replace wooden patio doors that are chipping, peeling or blistering. This could mean the door is deteriorating from the inside.
Your patio door’s seal might be leaky if condensation has built up between the glass.
Condensation can also be caused by bad 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 cause severe structural damage to patio doors. Replace doors with exterior or glass damage.
Maybe you just want an updated style. A new patio door may help reduce 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 more pleasant in the winter and more temperate 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 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 Mankato.