Buying a new patio door can be hard to justify. After all, many of us wait until we see visible signs of damage before we ponder getting a new one. But the truth is that patio door replacement can make a ton of sense even if it doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble.
Much like when deciding whether to do window replacement, look for the warning signs below to determine when a patio door upgrade is in order.
A functional patio door system should open and close without needing another person’s help. If it takes serious effort to move a panel, you should mull over replacement.
Of course, you ought to investigate a little before jumping the gun. If you have sliding doors, find out if there’s anything stuck in the track. If you have the traditional swinging door, check whether there’s a problem with the hinge or some other hardware.
If you can’t solve your door’s operational problem with the best maintenance practices, it might be time to retire your faulty fixture.
One of the leading motivations for window replacement, the unwanted entry of cold air is a serious cause for concern. Other than compromising your ideal indoor climate, the draftiness of your patio door indicates that water infiltration and insect invasion are also disasters waiting to happen if they haven’t happened already.
Interior Glass Condensation
When outside the glass, condensation is a symptom of excellent energy efficiency. But when it happens on the interior sides of the two panes, it’s bad news. It means that the seal of the glass is broken, which is why moisture was able to get in.
Seal failure is another major reason to buy replacement windows—and new patio doors even more so. Doors have more glass, so it would allow greater heat transfer when not properly insulated.
Replacing a compromised patio door system is a great opportunity to refresh the look of your house, boost your home security, and tick more home improvement boxes.
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