Patio doors extend your home’s interior living spaces into the outdoors. They’re a great home investment, and, on top of being functional, they’re stylish, too. When it’s time to replace your doors, there are a few things you need to know and plan for before you start your project.
French vs. Sliding Patio Doors
You first need to decide between the standard swing-out French patio doors or a sliding system. Both are excellent choices, but they have unique qualities that affect how they operate.
French doors swing open and close and, as a result, require floor allowance to actually open. This makes them the better option for homes with larger spaces. Sliding doors don’t require any extra floor space, which makes them great for smaller spaces, but may take longer to install due to how the sliding system works.
Removing your old patio doors to install a new one is surprisingly complex work, which is why it’s better to hire door replacement contractors than doing it on your own. Working with an experienced team means you don’t have to worry about weatherstripping, screw size and tightness, and other technical data when installing the new patio doors.
Just like the windows, patio doors play a key role in naturally lighting up your home. Sunlight, however, isn’t always beneficial and may even be harmful if the patio doors’ glass panes don’t have the right glazing. Double pane glass is now a standard for many windows and doors, with low-emissivity (low-E) glazing being the superior choice.
Framing material is another important factor to take into account, and your choice can affect the long-term performance of your new doors. Most are made with traditional wooden frames due to their pleasing aesthetics. These are more susceptible to the elements though, which is why many also consider composite materials like vinyl. Thankfully, advances in vinyl manufacturing means there are composite frames that look just as good as the real thing!
At Solid State Construction, our team has the skill and expertise to ensure quality patio door installation in every project. We also offer siding services, designer roof shingles and deck installation. Call us today at (508) 709-0041 to learn more. We’ll make sure your new doors are properly fitted so you can take advantage of all of its benefits.