Some homeowners may not realize it right off the bat, but keeping old, worn-out patio doors can actually do them more harm than good. A well-performing patio door is essential to the house’s ability to resist weather elements and potential intruders as well as maintain a comfortable and energy-efficient space.
Here are the telltale signs it is time to replace your patio door:
Fog Between Panes
Normally, condensation occurs when the water vapor in the air deposits itself on the surface of the door. However, when the condensation takes place between the panes, it often indicates that the glass seal has been compromised. When this happens, air and moisture can get inside the panes, which renders the door incapable of trapping the temperature-controlled air inside the house.
Gaps Between the Door and the Frame
Over time, the frame and sash of patio doors or sliding windows can warp due to extreme weather conditions. Even subpar installation can result in the development of gaps between the door and the frame, leading to drafts and air leaks. If you see that your patio door has been affected by these issues, it will be best to replace it as soon as possible – your bank account will thank you.
Difficulty Opening the Door
When a patio door becomes twisted out of shape as a result of the effects of heat or moisture, you may have more trouble operating the door. Remember, it is not always about visible damage. If your patio door sticks or makes loud, screeching noises when being opened or closed, it usually means it is already past its prime. Make sure, however, that you talk with your contractor to determine the root cause of these operating problems to ensure a smooth replacement.
Whether you are looking for patio doors or picture windows in Texas, turn to premier contractor Renewal by Andersen® of Houston. Our skilled installers are dedicated to delivering the comfort and efficiency that you expect. Call our team at (281) 547-1147, or fill out our convenient online form. We will reach out to you shortly. We serve Sugar Land, TX, and other nearby cities.