Patio Doors

 

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Patio space serves as simply a living space with the benefits of sunlight and fresh air. Therefore, your patio space should be as welcoming as the rest of your home. At HomCo Lumber & Hardware, our experts offer the industry’s best patio doors.

Hinged, Bi-Fold, and Multi-Slide patio doors add style to your home with great ventilation and pair effortlessly with many homes. Sliding patio doors glide horizontally, with one moving panel and one stationary panel. They are perfect for tighter spaces since the panels don’t interfere with the living spaces.

We believe in educating our customers about the different products available. During your FREE in-home consultation, our knowledgeable staff will explain the product differences so that when you are ready to make your purchase, you can feel confident that you have made the best decision for you and your home.

HomCo Lumber & Hardware is here to help fix up your home and help save you money!

BASICS OF PATIO DOOR REPAIR

If you’re unhappy with the way your patio door works — from sliding to the lock — then it’s probably time to look at making patio door repairs. The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional to take care of some of the most common sliding patio door issues.

Here are some basic steps of sliding patio door repairs from HomCo Lumber & Hardware:

Clearing the track
See that dirt and grime on your door’s track? That’s the first place to look when it comes to patio door repairs. Remember, everything from mud to pet hair gets caught in there, resulting in unpleasant grime that can make sliding difficult. It’s one of those DIY patio door repairs that is simple as long as you’re willing to put in the elbow grease.
Removing the door

One of the best ways to diagnose sliding patio door repair needs is to remove the door and examine it up close. The difficult part, of course, is removing the door. Unlike screen patio doors, the actual sliding patio door is very heavy. To remove the sliding patio door, access the roller adjusters at the bottom of the door and use the screw mechanism to retract the rollers. Once the rollers have given you space, angle it out of the track until the sliding door panel comes out easily.

With the door removed, you can check the frame for warps, examine the rollers, or see other parts of the door up close.

Replacing the track
The locking mechanism of a patio door is generally a hook-style lock that doubles as a door handle and uses a spring for the hook (lock). You don’t need to know the internal locking mechanics to make patio door repairs, though; if the spring breaks, the mechanism can easily be replaced by purchasing a similar-style lock and opening up the door handle. Anyone with some experience fixing things up around the house should be able to handle this, as it’s simply an unscrew-and-replace process.

HOW TO KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO
REPLACE YOUR PATIO DOORS

If you have a patio or deck attached to your house, chances are high that you have some sort of sliding glass or french doors that allow you to transition from interior to exterior living, while also bringing light into your home. So how can you tell when the time is right to replace your patio doors? There are a few simple signs you can look for, ranging from the numbers on your energy bill to the physical appearance of the door itself, in order to determine if it’s the right time to replace those patio doors.

I'm having trouble opening my patio doors

That’s a good sign that it may need to be replaced, especially if it’s a sliding door; perhaps the rollers are damaged beyond repair, or maybe the door has become misaligned from the track.
It’s also possible that adverse weather (such as rain, snow, and even excessive sunlight) have damaged the frame, or perhaps an initially poor installation job is the ancestral culprit that eventually evolved into a stubborn sliding door.

The difficulty you might have in sliding the door open or closed is more than an annoying hindrance—it could also be dangerous in the event of an emergency if you and your family need to make a quick exit from the house.

Moreover, a door that won’t lock properly is also not safe from potential burglars, who may view the patio door as an already easy-to-access entrance to your home—after all, it’s certainly an easy place from which one can scope out the goods.

My patio door is letting heat or cold air into the house

Oftentimes when it comes to the transfer of undesirable thermal energies (whether its unwanted heat in the summer or unwanted cold in the winter) the open spaces in your walls are important to examine—that is, your doors and windows, and a patio door usually combines both of these elements, making it especially susceptible to falling into the role of an energy culprit.

If you want to confirm whether or not the patio door is contributing to the undesired rise or fall of temperature in your home, stand by the door. Do you feel a noticeable difference in the temperature? If you don’t feel sensitive enough to use your own skin as a thermometer, grab an incense stick and raise a little smoke by the door.

Does a mysterious force seem to pull the smoke toward the edges of the door, between the glass and the frame? It’s actually a type of wind forces you’ve probably heard of called a draft—and it’s an indicator that your patio door is a leaky-air culprit.

Another indicator you can use to determine whether or not you might want to get a new patio door is your heating bill (or electric bill, especially in the summer when you’re cranking the AC). If your bills are mysteriously high and getting higher every month, it’s not because another ice age is approaching: it’s because your home is poorly insulated and windows and doors are probably making a significant contribution to that problem.

There are gaps between my patio door and the frame

Inclement weather may contribute to warping the frame and/or sash over time, and as mentioned before, it’s also quite possible that the door wasn’t properly installed in the first place. You may even start to notice gaps between the door and the frame, and if so, then it’s necessary to replace the doors, for insulation, safety, and aesthetic purposes.

If droplets of rain, sleet or snow are finding their way into your living space through the crack in your door, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to get a new door (or set of doors), because that type of problem is not going to get better…that’s right, the door is not going to grow back into its old shape, sorry.

There is fog between the patio door panes

There might also be a problem with the panes of glass. If you find that condensation has built up on the inside of the squares (on a French door) or just within the single large glass pane of a sliding door, it’s possible that the seal is compromised, allowing air and moisture to get between the panes, and indicating that their insulating status is no longer a factor in determining the energy efficiency of your home.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to replace the door unit entirely. Of course, if the glass is cracked, it’s a nearly unarguable safety requirement that you replace the door, especially given the danger of children or animals running into it by accident.

I'm ready for patio doors that I love OR I want to increase my home's resale value

Another reason to replace the patio doors might be purely aesthetic. If you’re looking to remodel the exterior of your home and possibly sell it in the near future, a new sliding glass door or a pair of French doors can really add some dollar value to the appearance of your patio, your yard, and even your interior.

Of course, if your doors have any of the problems we outlined above (difficult to open, gaps, foggy panes, cracked glass) you’ll definitely want to replace them in your overall effort to minimize eyesores in the view of potential buyers. It’s a huge turnoff when your agent tries to lead a couple into the backyard to show off your awesome patio, only to find that this door…just…won’t…budge!

There you have it…whether your patio doors just won’t open, they have a gap between the sash and the frame, or the glass is cracked or undesirably frosted from condensation, it’s time to replace your patio doors. For safety, convenience, resale value, thermal protection, and enjoyment of your own living space, it’s important to get new patio door when the old ones need replacing.

Thankfully there a are a number of styles to suit every need and taste, from conventional sliding glass doors to classical-looking pairs of French doors. You won’t regret the aesthetic benefit they bring to your yard and your home, and chances are they’ll pay for themselves over time with the reduction in your energy bill.

REPLACE YOUR PATIO DOORS WITH
HOMCO LUMBER & HARDWARE

Choosing a Patio Door Style:

Turn to HomCo for your patio door replacement. We have Hinged, Sliding, Bi-Fold and Multi-Slide patio doors to choose from that are energy efficient and easy to operate. At HomCo, we have great products and price, we’re local, and we offer professional installation to ensure that you’re satisfied with your choice for patio door replacement. Get a free quote and speak to a product specialist today!

Hinged Patio Doors

Traditional in design, two operating glass panels are hinged on the sides and swing inward or outward from the center. Patio doors hinged between the glass panels, also known as French doors, feature one stationary panel and one operating panel that swings open from hinges along the center stile.

Sliding Patio Doors

No space for a swinging patio door? A sliding door is the solution. One panel is stationary, while the other slides from side to side on strong, durable tracks.

Bi-Fold Patio Doors

Prefer not to have anything between yourself and the great outdoors? Our bi-fold patio door panels slide completely out of the way to maximize your view. Connected with center hinges, the panels open accordion-style using a track-and-glide system and a guide that enables each panel to pivot.

Multi-Slide Patio Doors

A multi-panel sliding glass door is perfect for homeowners looking to bring the outside in or take advantage of expansive, scenic views. Multi-Slide Doors are available in two-, three-, and four-track configurations that allow contractors and homeowners to effortlessly blend interior and exterior spaces in new construction or renovation and replacement projects of any size.

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