7 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Patio Door

While your front door serves as a formal entrance to your home, your patio door provides a gateway to your garden, a view of your backyard, and a quick route into your kitchen while entertaining outdoors.

When your patio door becomes damaged or old, you may not consider replacing it at first. After all, the patio entrance is more private and casual than the main door.

However, leaving a flawed patio door in place can negatively affect the appeal, energy efficiency, and functionality of your home.

So how do you know when it’s time to think about a patio door replacement? If you notice any of the following seven signs, consider upgrading to a new door.

1. Cosmetic Damage

Surface damage can leave your patio door looking dingy. Extensive scrapes, chipped paint, or scratch marks do not necessitate a replacement. However, cosmetic damages like these may require a door replacement if the damage is extensive or you wish to improve the look of the door overall.

Talk to a door contractor to determine if cosmetic damage can be fixed with paint or refinishing. If not, consider door replacement.

2. Difficulty Operating the Door

When a patio door becomes warped due to age or damage, you may have more trouble opening and closing the door. If your door sticks, makes loud noises when used, or does not open or close without effort, the door may be past its prime.

Your door contractor might want to determine the cause of these operating problems before replacing the door to ensure a smooth transition. For example, a bent sliding screen door can just be replaced unless there’s also an issue with the door frame.

3. Drafts or Heat Transfer

To keep your home climate comfortable and reduce the risk of pest infestation, your patio door should fit snugly in its frame. If the door has warped or does not have enough weatherstripping, you may notice pockets of hot or cold air around it.

4. Gaps Around the Door

In some cases, the spaces that can cause drafts actually become large enough to see. For example, gaps around a sliding patio door can occur if the door tilts to one side. In addition to heat transfer issues, these gaps undermine your home’s security and increase the risk of pest infestation.

Sometimes, a door contractor can simply rehang the door to correct the frame spacing. However, some gaps come from damage to the door itself and the best solution is to replace the door.

5. Outdated Design

When you look at your patio door, do you feel happy about the design? Does the door match the style and decor of your home and porch? If not, you may want to consider a new door that truly complements your home.

An upgraded patio door can brighten and modernize the room it opens into.

6. Structural Damage

Major structural damage to patio doors often occurs due to impact incidents, such as a hailstorm or a poorly thrown baseball. Whatever the cause of the damage, it’s in your best interest to clean up any glass or debris and replace the door as soon as possible.

7. Water Intrusion

Like your windows, the seal around your patio door can lose its effectiveness over time. If you notice high levels of moisture around the door, water dripping down the wall, or puddles on your floor, the door likely needs to be replaced.


While some of the issues listed above can be repaired, many require door replacement to ensure your home stays protected and beautiful. Consult with a reputable door contractor to determine your options.

Ready to start the patio door replacement process? Find your new patio door at the Fischer Window and Door Store.