Your front door may be the part of your home you use to welcome and impress your guests, but your patio door is probably the door that sees the most use. That’s because the patio door is the doorway to the good stuff – backyard fun, pools and swing sets. It may also be the door your use to take out the trash or mow the lawn.
All that outdoor activity is great for you. According to the website ComeAliveOutside.com, not only is outdoor activity good for weight control and weight-related disease prevention, it can help reduce kids’ stress levels by as much as 28 percent.
It’s great to stay healthy, but with all that use, it’s no surprise when some part of the door breaks or gets worn down. What do you do when your patio door starts looking a little worse for wear?
Your front door may be the part of your home you use to welcome and impress your guests, but your patio door is probably the door that sees the most use.
1.Common Patio Door Problems
There are lots of things that can go wrong with your patio door. The problems that you experience will depend on the type of door you have (does it swing open or does it slide?), the material it’s made of (wood, glass, aluminum, or fiberglass?) and how old your door is. Some common complaints are a door that is difficult to open and close, doors that are too drafty, or doors with broken parts. It’s also common to have to replace broken glass in patio doors, to rebuild rotting door frames, replace locks.
2.What is the Source of Your Problem?
If you are experiencing a problem with your patio door, it is easy to simply fix whatever it is that is annoying you and move on with your life. However, it’s a good idea to consider the underlying issues that caused the problem in the first place. If your door is broken, how did it get broken? Are you or other members of your household slamming it too hard? If your door is wooden or metal and showing signs of water damage, where is the water coming from? You could have a moisture problem in your home that may stem from a leak or drainage issue somewhere. Was your door installed incorrectly? Did you use cheap or poor quality materials? All of these are good questions to ask.
3.Finding a Patio Door Professional
Some problems that can arise with your patio door are pretty easy to fix yourself. If your door just needs a little WD-40, or a new lock, you can probably do that without spending much time, money or effort. However, for larger jobs like replacing your entire door or door frame, you will probably want to call in a pro. Look for a patio door expert who knows how to deal with your specific type and style of door, especially if you have an older home. Ask for references and photos of past work. Ask for estimates of how much the job will cost to complete and how long it’ll take to complete.
Your patio door is often the entryway to fun. But, a broken door can put a quick stop to all the fun. Know the cause of your problem and be careful when looking for a good professional to get your door – and your good times – back on track.