5 signs that it’s time to replace your patio door

5 Signs it's Time to Replace Your Patio Door | Northern Trade Windows

From serving as a gateway to your garden or extended living space to enhancing the curb appeal of your home, patio doors serve a great number of purposes. However, home owners often seem to take their patio doors for granted, not maintaining it well enough to keep it in good shape at all time. Even when properly maintained, door have a lifespan and when the time’s up, the only lasting solution will be to get a patio door replacement. 

Having the knowledge that your patio door will need replacement at some point in the future isn’t just enough. Listed below are 5 important signs that will tell you when exactly your patio door needs to be replaced;


If your patio door is more than a decade old, chances are it doesn’t meet the current energy efficiency rating. Energy efficient patio doors work to prevent air exchange between your home and the environment causing it to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. If you’re experiencing variation in temperature in your home, this might be a sign your patio door is no longer energy efficient and needs replacement.


Draft in patio doors is a serious problem that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Draft in your patio doors can lead to other problems including increased energy bill while also exposing your home to dangers from the environment. Once you notice draft coming into your home through your patio, you know for sure its time to get it fixed or completely replaced.


One of the most obvious signs you need a patio door replacement is physical damage or deterioration. Patio doors serve as a barricade between your home and the environment which exposes them to harsh weather that causes them to deteriorate. Once you start noticing signs of deterioration in your patio door, you can be sure it’s time to get a replacement before it results in other costly damages.


Closing and opening your patio door should be an exercise. Experiencing difficulty opening and closing your patio door might be caused by warping or physical damage. Whichever the case may be, once you notice opening and closing your patio door is starting to become a difficult task, you should look to get it fixed or replaced immediately.


Moisture within your patio door’s glass is a sign of poor insulation. A poorly insulated patio door may cause other series of problems you definitely don’t want on your hands. Patio doors play major roles in temperature regulation in homes. A failing glass will promote energy inefficiency and lead to the eventual deterioration of your entire patio door. So, once you notice moisture between the glass panes of your patio door, it is important you have the glass or the entire patio door replaced as soon as possible.

Paul Petersen Author