Your patio doors are one of the easiest parts of your home to overlook. And many homeowners in the Cincinnati area forget to replace them in a timely manner. This isn’t because of carelessness, but instead due to the difficulty of recognizing the warning signs that the doors are due for replacement.
Here are four red flags to watch for:
1. Drafty Doors
Drafts coming from your French patio doors indicate the doors are due for replacement. This is a result of the door sealing shrinking or cracking as it ages; in fact, you can tell how old your doors are if you check the quality of the sealing. By replacing drafty doors, you boost your home’s energy efficiency, saving you money on energy bills.
2. Squeaking Hinges
One of the more annoying signs that your patio door needs replacing is when it squeaks when you open it. Squeaky hinges indicate the door is worn down. Squeaky hinges are also loose hinges, which means they are a security risk too.
3. Cracks in the Doors
Visible cracks in your sliding patio doors aren’t just unattractive to look at; they can also let in bugs and drafts that will compromise your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. The patio doors will start cracking as they get older, and while you can repair them, too many cracks that look deep-set are a sign that you need to replace your doors.
4. Doors Scraping the Floor
Does your patio door scrape and scratch the flooring of your home? If so, this is a sign that the door has begun to warp or sag. This can either be due to age or weather damage; regardless, you need to replace the door as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your home.
Call Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati today at (513) 283-8981 to learn more about our services. We’re ready to replace your patio doors with high-quality, custom-made material and hardware for your home. We install patio doors in Cincinnati, OH.