While your front door serves as the formal entrance to your home, your patio door provides a gateway to your backyard, a view of your garden, and a quick route to your kitchens while entertaining guests outdoors. Patio doors are usually taken for granted until they stop functioning. Whether your patio door becomes damaged, is difficult to operate, or is simply really old, you will start to notice how it negatively affects you and your household. Leaving your patio door in bad conditions will impact the appeal, energy efficiency, and functionality of your home. In today’s blog, we will be going over 5 signs it’s time to replace your patio door.
1. Difficulty Operating the Door
One of the most common signs that your patio door needs to be replaced is when the door becomes difficult to operate. Patio doors can become warped due to age or damage, making them hard to open/close. If your patio door makes loud noises when in use or you cannot open/close it without some effort, the door is way past its expiration date. Just imagine walking out to your backyard while carrying the BBQ ingredients and being unable to slide the door open with one hard. Aside from the inconvenience, a malfunctioning patio door can be embarrassing around guests.
2. Cosmetic Damage
Surface level damage can leave your patio door looking dismal. Extensive scratches, chipped paint, and scape marks can sometimes be enough of a reason to replace your patio doors. The aesthetics of your home is important. Sometimes repainting your patio door isn’t enough to get it to an average level. If your patio doors have significant signs of wear and tear, it’s time to start looking for a replacement.
3. Drafts or Heat Transfer
In order to keep the climate of your home at a comfortable level and reduce the risk of a pest infestation, your patio door has to fit on its frame snugly. If your patio door has warped or does not have enough weather stripping, you may notice pockets of hot and cold air around it. This is significantly affecting the energy efficiency of your home. It’ll cause the indoor temperatures of your home to get uncomfy, thus making your HVAC system work harder. If your HVAC has to work harder, your energy bills will go up. That’s why if your current patio door is drafty, it’s a major sign that you need to get it replaced.
4. Water Intrusion
Like the seal around your windows, the seals around patio doors can also lose effectiveness throughout the years. If you start to see moisture around the door, water dripping down the walls, or water puddles near the entrance of your patio door, it’s time to get it replaced. Water damage is no simple matter, as it can lead to highly invasive and expensive repairs.
5. Outdated Design
Do you feel joy when you look up at your patio doors? Or does it demotivate you and make you want to look away? If your doors are visually unappealing and have an outdated design, that is more than enough of a reason to replace your patio door. The latest patio doors offer more modern styles, which can be customized to fit your home’s style with elements such as frame colors and grids.
When your patio door is no longer in good shape, it will impact the appeal, energy efficiency, and functionality of your home. If your patio door is experiencing any of the previously mentioned issues, it’s time to start thinking about installing a replacement. If you’re looking for a trustworthy patio door replacement company to install a stylish, high-quality, and energy-efficient patio door for your home, reach out to United Builders today! Give us a call at (909) 969-8976, or click here for a free estimate today!