Patio doors bridge the gap between your living area and outdoor space, and you need to maintain them for peak efficiency and functionality. Equally important as any other main entry point, patio doors serve to protect your home and family from the outside elements and any unwanted intruders. However, they tend to deteriorate over time, so knowing when to replace yours can save you time and money in the future.
You might be asking, “when is it time to replace patio doors?” Reach out to the professionals at Master Seal when you notice the following issues by calling 855.608.1580.
Cosmetic damage is one of the most obvious signs that your patio doors need to be replaced. Visual damage can be anything from dents and crack in the frame or glass to chipped and peeling paint. You can temporarily repair most visual damage through the use of bonding fillers and paint, but these repairs are only temporary.
Repair Door Gaps
Gaps around a patio door allow the outside air to enter your home. This forces your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to, and as a result, you will start seeing higher energy bills. Just because you do not see any gaps does not mean that there aren’t any. An excellent way to tell if you have outside air coming is to hold a candle or lighter around the perimeter of the door and watch for any changes in the flame. If the flame is blowing inwards, there is outside air coming in, and you need to either replace the seal around your door or get an entirely new one.
If you have trouble opening your patio door, there is something wrong with the frame or the door itself. This can be incredibly annoying and will only continue to get worse over time. Having new patio doors installed by the technicians at Master Seal will provide you with an easy to open patio door for years to come.
Unless it occurs in the bathtub or sink, water buildup is never a good thing in a home. This is especially true when talking about patio doors. Usually occurring at the base, this is attributed to a weakened or failing seal around the door. If left untreated, water buildup can cause mold, mildew, and structural damage, all of which are dangerous and costly to repair. Much like when dealing with drafts, you can sometimes fix this problem by installing a new seal around the door, but you may just need to replace the entire door in extreme cases.
Patio Door Replacement
If any of the issues mentioned above apply to your patio doors, then it’s time for a replacement. Now is a great time to explore the possibility of installing a door, unlike the one you currently have. There are four main styles of patio doors available, all of which Master Seal can install.
French doors are hinged to the frame and latch together in the middle. Thus, each door moves independently of the other and only opens one way. Another standard patio door style is the sliding door neither swings in or out but slides open and closed along a top and bottom track.
Lastly, there are bi-fold patio doors. This is the most distinctive patio door style, and they function much like a bi-folding closet door by sliding along a track and folding in half. In addition to patio doors, we also install the following types of doors at MasterSeal: