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How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Tysons Corner

How to Know When to Replace Your Patio Doors in Tysons Corner

The right patio door can help your Tysons Corner home appear 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 few symptoms. Like the door’s condition and how it opens.

Our professionals at Pella of Tysons Corner can help you figure out 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

Inclement weather—rain, snow or even too much sun—can distort your door frame. This can make your patio door malfunction.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors glide on a horizontal track.

When they won’t move, the rollers could be to blame. 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 moving.

French Doors

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

When the door isn’t closing correctly, the hinges could be breaking down and close to failure. The latch can also get jammed, causing your hinged patio doors to be unusable.

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

A professional should inspect 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 your patio door needs to be replaced. When seals around doors grow old, they can shrink and break.

You can test 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 heating and cooling costs.

Visible Gaps or Cracks

It’s time to replace your patio door if you notice 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 spaces, 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.

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 weaken insulation and energy savings.

Broken Glass or Other Damage

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

Outdated Style

Maybe you just want an updated design. A new patio door may help reduce your heating and cooling bills and boost 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 cooler 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 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 stop by our showroom in Tysons Corner.

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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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