28 Sep Tell-tale Signs Your Sliding Patio Doors Need to be Replaced
Sliding patio doors are more than just an entryway to your home. They improve the curb appeal, increasing its value as well as providing a few other benefits. Adding patio doors can give a room an instant makeover, completely changing the look and feel of the space.
Traditional entry doors limit the amount of light entering your home and create a visual separation from the outside. Sliding patio doors offer an expanded view and let in more natural light, brightening your space. They also add convenience and expand your living space, providing easy access to the outdoors. They also give you more space indoors, as they don’t require the clearance to open and close that hinged doors do.
The increased natural light will reduce the need for artificial lighting and many even help warm the room in the cooler months. This could even save you a little bit on your energy cost but only if your sliding patio doors are in good condition. Here are a few things to look that indicate it might be time to consider replacing your patio doors.
When you are standing near your patio doors, the temperature should be the same as the rest of the room. If it’s not, your patio doors may not be sealing properly when closed. In the winter, a draft can be more noticable. Standing by the door, you will be able to feel the cold air or maybe even see the curtains move. If it’s hot outside, you may feel the warmth of the sun, but you shouldn’t feel warm air drifting in. If you are experiencing a draft from your patio doors at anytime of the year, you are losing energy. Replacing them will save on your energy costs and make your home more comfortable.
Gaps In or Around the Doors
If there are visible gaps in between your sliding patio doors or in between the door and the frame, you are losing energy. Your heating and cooling efforts are escaping through those gaps and increasing your energy costs. If you suspect this is the case but the gaps aren’t obvious, wait until nightfall. Have someone stand outside with a flashlight while you stand inside. If you can see light streaming around or in between your patio doors, then it’s time to consider replacing them.
Difficult to Open and Close
Older sliding patio doors can begin to stick and become difficult to open and close. This can be the result of the door being misaligned with the track, damaged rollers or it could simply be from weather and normal wear and tear. While this is frustrating, it can also be a safety hazard, making it difficult to get out of the house in case of emergency, especially for children. Regardless of the cause, if you’re having trouble opening and closing your sliding patio doors, it is definitely time to have them replaced.
Patio Doors Professionally Installed
Sliding patio doors can be a great addition to any home and are a worthwhile investment. Whether you are considering installing them for the first time or are ready to replace your existing ones, it’s best to hire a professional.
Toms River Door and Window has been providing high quality door and window installation in New Jersey for decades. We offer ProVia and Sunrise Patio doors in a wide variety of styles and finishes. Our craftsmanship and commitment to customer service can’t be beat. Contact us today for all door and window installations needs.