4 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Patio Doors

An open plan living area with patio doors

Have you spent lockdown inspecting your patio doors and mulling over whether to replace them? You’re not the only one! We’ve all noticed little bits that are in need of some home improvement here and there recently. While with many projects you can make do and mend, or even recycle and revive to take pride of place in your home, this may not be the case for your patio doors. Not only are your patio doors and bi-fold doors decorative, but they also have a huge impact on factors such as your energy bills, as well as the layout and the value of your home. The first thing you need to consider is your motivation for changing your patio doors and bi-folds. 

There are many reasons why people want to and need to replace their patio doors. Perhaps you’ve just bought your first property and looking to give it a  bit of a spruce up, or maybe you’ve spent a good few years in your current home and want to enhance it so you can sell up then move on. So, to help you figure out if you need to make a change, let’s examine the main signs that it’s time to replace your patio doors.

1. Your patio doors are difficult to open and shut.

If you’ve noticed that your doors are starting to stick and become rickety, then it could be a sign that they are getting a bit long in the tooth. Before rushing to replace them, it is also important to explore all avenues. Double-check if there’s any dirt in the rollers or tracking of your door first as this is a common problem that often can deceive us into thinking a door is entering its twilight moments. If you’ve checked for debris and cleaned up the tracking yet still notice that your doors are sticking, it could be a sign that the tracking is breaking due to temperature changes. Without the tracking and rollers, your door won’t seal shut which will cause a draft to emerge and, unfortunately, your energy bills to climb. 

2. Your patio doors don’t look as good as new.

The view of a balcony on a sunny day, seen through the windows French doors

When you consider that uPVC and aluminium can last between 35 to 45 years with minimal effort, it’s clear that even after many years your doors still should look well maintained. When damage like cracking frames, broken door handles, warped wood, and glass appear more prominent, it’s a sure sign that your patio doors have seen better days. This type of damage may seem superficial but can cause serious problems for your home structurally, as well as financially. For example, something as small as a glass chip can spread and eventually shatter, while warped wooden doors eventually let heat escape and leave your home vulnerable to pests.

3.Your patio doors have grown mould.

A living room with a tree trunk coffee table, a plasma TV on the wall, a brown leather armchair, and patio doors leading to an outdoor area

We know what you’re thinking: ‘but mould remover can solve this problem!’. However, this is about more than just those pesky little spores on your bi-folds. Mould on your patio doors is usually a sign that the sealant is becoming weaker and letting in water leaks. If mould keeps recurring on your patio door frames, you know it’s definitely time to replace them. Corrosion-resistant materials like uPVC are low maintenance and perfect materials for bi-fold and patio doors if you live in a particularly rain-sensitive area of the country.

4. You want to increase the value of your home.

You want to increase the value of your home.
If you’ve just purchased that investment property as a nest egg to sell on later, the right patio doors will increase the value of your home thanks to their design and security. If your patio doors match the design of your property, your home will be more appealing to potential buyers in the future. When you are sure of your reasons for wanting to replace your patio doors, it’s time to choose the right type for your home. For tenants in rent-to-buy accommodation looking for a durable yet cost-effective option for their french doors, bi-folds, and patio doors, we highly recommend a weather-resistant material like uPVC. While for homeowners looking to move up the property ladder and can push the boat out, aluminium patio doors will add even more value to your home as they are weather-resistant, low maintenance, and can last for decades.

At ATT Fabrications we bring you the best patio and bi-fold doors so you can enhance everything you love about your home. Choose your patio doors to suit your home sweet home and check out our range of bi-fold doors online now. Pop over to our design your own page where you can customise your patio doors exactly how you desire.

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