All products will reach the end of their usable lifespans at some point, including your patio doors. The rate at which your patio door ages correlates with the frequency the door is used and the amount of maintenance it receives on a regular basis. Additionally, your door may look fine from the outside but function rather poorly as a whole. Many factors may contribute to the functionality of your door, and several tell-tale signs may indicate it’s time for a replacement. This guide explores several signs you need to replace your patio door before it’s too late.
The most noticeable sign you need to replace your patio door is significant cosmetic damage on the face of the door itself. This can come in many different forms and may vary in degree depending on the age of the door and the frequency of use. Chipped paint, scratched glass, or cracks and scuffs along the bottom edge of the door are all very common examples of cosmetic damage on patio doors. You may be able to fix some of these damages with a bit of elbow grease, but larger, more extensive damage may require you to replace the door entirely.
Cosmetic damage often gives way to structural issues, which can increase the likelihood of drafts. If you feel a noticeable draft even when the patio door is closed and latched, this may be a sign that there are cracks in the door or that the door seal has been broken. Installing additional insulation and caulk may fix some small cracks, but larger drafts will often require more significant repairs.
Difficulty opening or closing
As they age, both French doors and sliding patio doors may experience some difficulty opening or closing. This can occur for several reasons. Rust or other deterioration may affect the hinges on French patio doors, making it difficult to open and close the doors easily. Conversely, a sliding patio door’s track may become warped or bent over time, which can make it harder for the door to slide smoothly.
The need for a new patio door may be as much about fashion as it is about function. If your patio door no longer suits your desired style and clashes with the rest of your home’s design, it may be time to replace it with a model that’s a bit more on trend. If your home has recently undergone renovations, you may want to reconsider the style of your patio door as well.
To schedule an installation of French or sliding patio doors in Colorado Springs surrounding areas, contact our team at the Window Source of the Rockies.