If you’ve ever thought about remodeling or upgrading your home, chances are, unless your current patio door is broken or has severe cosmetic damage, replacing it may not be your top priority. However, doing so can help you eliminate drafts, foggy doors, and water leaks. New patio doors can also help make your home more energy-efficient and secure.
If you’re being proactive about replacing your patio door, it’s important to do some research to help you find the right one for your home.
As you search for the perfect patio door for your home, one of the first things you should do is to think about your vision for the doors in your home. Which room will it be in? Where will it open to: a patio, balcony, or backyard? Will you be using it to transition to adjacent places?
The next step should be to measure the height and width of your current door, as well as the door frame. This is to ensure your new door will fit properly into the space.
Below are some other important factors you may want to consider:
Patio doors typically have glass panes. However, the material surrounding the glass differs from door to door. The type of material you choose can affect many factors such as style, energy efficiency, price, required maintenance, and durability. There are a wide range of door frame materials to choose from, including:
Many people neglect to think about how their patio doors will open during their search for the perfect one. However, it’s important not to skip this step, as you must consider how much space you have, both on the interior and exterior. The last thing you want is beautiful doors that don’t have enough space to properly open.
Patio doors usually come in the following opening styles:
A patio door with high energy efficiency limits the transfer of heat, helping your home remain cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The higher the heat transfer, the higher the energy costs will be, and vice versa. For the best energy efficiency, you might consider a wooden frame and double-paned glass.
Another key factor to consider in your search for a new patio door is security. There are a variety of security options you might consider to keep your home safe and secure:
When it comes to patio doors, not all glass is created equal. Glass choices involve several major points of consideration - for example, you might want clear glass, or perhaps, you want something more decorative or that offers privacy (frosted).
You might also consider treatments that absorb, deflect, or transmit sunlight (tinted glass). If you want your patio door glass to help protect against drafts and provide energy efficiency, then look for ones with ENERGY STAR® labels. Also, consider choosing glass that helps prevent air leakage through and around the door.
When looking for the best patio door, make sure the style works for your home. These different styles include:
Consider several factors such as space, the room where your doors will be, size, style, door frame material, opening method, energy efficiency, and security.
The average cost of a quality patio door usually ranges between $700 to $2,400.
French doors offer the best security due to their central point, and frames that contain pivots and hinges. As a result, they’re less likely to cave in, and the use of hinges along with a locking mechanism make the left and right sides of each single door quite sturdy.
Choosing the best patio door for your home is all about considering your preferences, budget, and many factors involving your home. If you need help making the right choice, or you’re looking for professional patio door installation, let Canadian Choice Windows & Doors help. Book an appointment today.
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