When buying replacement patio doors, visual appeal is part of the equation. Although doors play an important role in your home’s curb appeal, patio doors also need to function well and be durable.
To choose the right product for your door replacement, Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle shares the key factors you must keep in mind:
Flimsy patio doors give you a false sense of security. They make you think your home is safe from forced intrusion until an experienced burglar breaks it easily with basic tools.
It should go without saying that your patio doors should be made of a sturdy framing material. It must be thick, denying any attempt at forced entry. Apart from a solid frame, it should feature an advanced locking mechanism. In most cases, a simple deadbolt wouldn’t deter the most determined intruder.
Since sliding and hinged patio doors mainly comprise glass, put a premium on the glazing technology. Clear glass would do little to prevent excessive heat gain and provide adequate thermal insulation. Ideally, choose double-pane patio doors with spectrally selective Low-E coatings and an argon gas fill to block the sun’s unwanted rays without reflecting visible light.
Think about the amount of space you have. If you’re placing your doors in a tight area, use the gliding type to avoid consuming scarce real estate when opened. When selecting swinging units, consider wall placement and furniture arrangement to choose the right operating method.
As exterior pieces, your hinged or gliding patio doors would be constantly exposed to the elements. Without a waterproof finish, they could easily succumb to moisture. Furthermore, make sure they have exterior cladding that can stand the heat to prevent discoloration.
At Renewal by Andersen of Seattle, we’ve perfected the art and science of custom-building patio doors. Our products combine all key elements to protect, beautify, and insulate your home. To schedule your free, in-home consultation in Seattle, call us today at (206) 686-7733. We’ll be happy to discuss the design of your replacement units to meet your functional and aesthetic needs.