If you are lucky enough to have sliding glass doors in your home, you know how convenient and beautiful they are. Not only do they make it easy to enter and leave your dining area to bring food and supplies to your patio, for example, sliding glass doors also allow lots of sunshine and light into a room. This type of door gives you a wide expanse from which to glimpse the outdoors. As beautiful and convenient as they are, though sliding glass doors can also be terribly inefficient when it comes to saving energy. You can reduce this likelihood by replacing them as needed. If you notice any of the following signs, replacing your sliding glass doors should be at the top of your home maintenance list.
1. Gaps in the Door
If you can see gaps in between your sliding glass doors or in between the door and the frame, you are losing money. Heating and cooling your home with gaps in your sliding glass window ensures that you are losing energy from inside your home to the outside. If you have a difficult time determining if there are gaps, wait until night falls, then have someone stand outside with a flashlight while you stand inside. If you can see light streaming in through your sliding glass door, you should replace it soon.
2. You Feel a Draft
Stand by your sliding glass door. If it is hot outside, you should not feel a rise in temperature. During the colder winter months, standing by your door should not make you shiver and reach for a jacket. Any change in temperature near your sliding glass door should prompt you to change them. Doing so can save you a great deal of money on your utility bills as well as improve your comfort level. In addition, any savings you enjoy now will continue for the months and years that follow.
3. They are Difficult to Open and Close
Sliding glass doors that are difficult to open and close are not only annoying, they can be dangerous as well. If your children, for example, cannot get out of your home in case of an emergency because the sliding glass doors stick, tragedy could result. Sometimes, a sliding glass door is difficult to open and close because it has become misaligned from its tracks. In other cases, the rollers could have sustained some damage. Weather and a poor installation job are other causes that could result in the frame becoming damaged. Regardless of the cause, having a difficult time opening and closing your sliding glass doors is grounds for their replacement as soon as possible.
Window World is a North St. Paul-based window replacement company that offers exciting products for your home. They provide free estimates on services such as sliding glass door replacements in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
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