If your sliding patio doors are showing signs of wear and tear or have sustained damage, should you repair them or replace them? Residential windows and patio doors expert Renewal by Andersen® of Dallas/Fort Worth offers guidance below.
Repair vs. Replacement
In some cases, repairs make more sense than replacement. For example, if the damage is isolated to replaceable components such as door hardware, repair is a better option than replacement. Note that to ensure reliable operation (and to avoid voiding the warranty), repairs should only be conducted by an experienced professional using official replacement parts.
In other cases, repairs are impractical. Fundamental components such as the frame and/or sashes may be warped to the point where the doors can’t be opened and closed, similar to stuck sashes on double hung windows. Or perhaps the rollers have damaged tracks, and finding unused replacement parts would be close to impossible. At this stage, you may need to have your sliding doors repaired.
Other Signs That You Need New Patio Doors
Here are other signs that indicate you need new patio doors:
Drafts Around the Doors — Drafts are indicative of failed door seals. If you have addressed such issues as old weatherstripping and you still feel drafts, the seals around the glass panels may be the culprit. Failed seals mean you stand to spend more on your utility bills, as your patio doors will allow heat to pass through. This will increase the required output from your HVAC system.
Water Leakage — Water leaking in and around the door sashes, even during moderate rain, presents a big problem. Also, if water can leak into your home, so can air and heat.
The Patio Door Is Impeding Movement in the House — With inoperable sliding doors, you’d be spending your days dealing with impeded access to and from the patio, without ventilation. Such problems defeat the purpose of having patio doors in the first place.
To learn more about our services, including custom windows and patio doors, call Renewal by Andersen of Dallas/Fort Worth today at (877) 605-2922. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home consultation. We serve Dallas, TX, and surrounding areas.