Replacing your existing patio doors can improve your home in many ways. This project can help enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal. As long as you choose your style wisely, you can make a bigger impression from the curb. It can help boost energy efficiency—today’s patio doors are engineered to ensure year-round comfort without experiencing drafts. Durable hardware options and locking mechanisms also improve the safety and security of your home.
As with any other home improvement project, patio door replacement needs good timing. You’ll want to make the most of the product’s service life while considering your home’s look and feel. Keep an eye out for the following signs your patio doors are due to be replaced.
1. Obvious Signs of Damage
A simple inspection might reveal holes, cracks, and even moisture damage, as well as mold, mildew, and rot, on the door material. Any of these can affect the whole unit’s structural integrity. Apart from the fact that these signs of damage can detract from your home’s aesthetics, the presence of gaps makes it easy for outdoor air to leak into your home, compromising indoor comfort.
2. Difficulty Opening and Closing
Replacing old hardware can be a quick fix, but this could also be a sign of something serious. Warping happens because of the frames expanding and contracting, and it is usually due to temperature fluctuations brought about by extreme weather changes. This causes doors to scrape along the floor or track—in the case of sliding windows, no less—when opening or closing them. Every window and door contractor recommends replacement once this becomes evident.
3. Condensation in Glass Panes
Broken seals around the patio doors’ glass cause the insulating gas fill to escape, resulting in the unit’s thermal instability that translates into energy consumption. With the doors no longer blocking unwanted heat, you’ll be relying more on your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable.
If you’ve come across these warning signs, promptly consult with the experienced pros at Polk Contracting, Inc. We are one of the top door and siding contractors in the area. The moment you book us for an estimate, we will visit you and walk you through the process of finding the best patio door unit that is right for your home.
Call (410) 994-2801 today or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.