Sliding glass doors make it easy for you to access your outdoor space, while also allowing plenty of natural light to shine into your home. But eventually, those doors will need to be replaced. There are many factors that affect the lifespan of a sliding glass door, including the material the door is made from, the thickness of the glass and the weather elements the door is exposed to. As such, instead of relying on age alone, you may want to pay attention to signs. Here are a few of the top signs that it is time to replace your sliding glass doors.
1. The Door is Hard to Open or Close
If your sliding glass door is hard to open or close, the first thing you should do is clean the track and oil the door. If this does not solve the problem, your door is likely telling you that it is nearing the end of its lifespan and may need to be replaced.
2. You Feel a Draft or See Gaps
As a door ages, you may start to see gaps or feel a draft when you are by the door. This is simply what happens as the door wears down and deteriorate due to age. If your door is drafty, it may also be a source of lost energy. Replacing the door can help to increase your home's energy efficiency, which can help you to save on your utility bills.
3. Moisture is Trapped Between the Panes
The majority of sliding glass doors are double pane doors. As the doors age, moisture or fog may begin to get trapped between the panes. At this time, there are no guaranteed methods to remove this moisture. As such, replacing the door may be your only option.
4. The Door Leaks
The last sign that your sliding glass door needs to be replaced is leaking. If water is seeping in through your sliding glass door, it is time to replace the door.
When it is time to replace your sliding glass doors, you need a company you can trust to replace them. Here at Window World Western Chicago, we can help you pick out new sliding glass doors and replace them. In fact, we can help you with all of your glass needs, including window replacing, entry door replacement and patio and sliding door installation. Call us now to schedule an appointment with us to discuss your glass needs.