A patio door isn’t simply a passage between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. This addition can boost the property value of your home. It can bring more natural light to your interior and even reduce energy costs. However, the time will come when you’ll need to get a new one.

Trusted door and window installers share signs you need to replace your patio door.

Difficult Operation

For sliding doors, “getting stuck” means the door won’t slide. The rollers may be damaged, or the door may not align with the track. For a hinged door, meanwhile, normal operations mean it should swing lightly and not squeal as you operate it.

Normal wear and tear can take a toll on your patio door, but the most likely culprit is the weather. If you’re in an area with high humidity or prone to rain, snow, or storms, this can damage your patio doors. Conversely, excessive exposure to the sun, especially if the patio door faces south, can be detrimental to its operation.

Warping can make your patio door hard to open and close. Sliding doors that stick are noisy and require effort when opening and closing may be reaching the end of their life. If you need a new unit, have your existing one inspected by a door contractor.


A drafty room means air is leaking into your patio doors. This suggests that the seals surrounding your patio door aren’t as airtight, leading to high energy bills and a room that gets either too hot (in summer) or too cold (in winter).

Inefficient patio doors will allow drafts into your home. Damaged or deteriorating patio doors don’t have enough weatherstripping, contributing to hot and cold spots. They will make your indoor space harder to cool, resulting in higher energy costs.

When it’s time to get a new patio door, hire a skilled contractor like Woodbridge Home Solutions. We only install high-quality replacement windows and doors.

Water Damage

Similar to the previous section, you might be leaking precious interior heat if you see condensation forming on your patio door’s glass. That, or extra humidity in the room, is hardly better news. Condensation itself is not bad, but if it happens, you can ask your door manufacturer or contractor for advice.

The seal around your patio door can wear as it ages, causing door leaks and other issues. Increased humidity or moisture levels indoors and water dripping down the wall or puddles on the floor indicate that you need a new patio door.

Fog Between the Panes

Condensation buildup inside your patio door’s glass is a sign that the seal has been compromised. An inefficient seal will allow air and moisture to enter between the panes. It also means that the glass is not providing effective insulation. If this is the issue with your door, you should consider the entire unit to prevent further energy loss.

Choose Woodbridge Home Solutions for replacement patio doors in Wichita, KS. We also work with clients throughout Texas. Our home remodeling products are superior quality, and services are handled with the most professional craftsmanship. Get in touch with our team to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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