You don’t have to put up with an old and drafty patio door that leaks, sticks or fogs up because there is a wide range of energy-efficient replacement patio doors to choose from. A new patio door can improve your home’s appearance, make your interior feel more comfortable and better protect your interior from bad weather. Some homeowners, however, might find it intimidating to start this project. Don’t worry! We will help you through every step of this process.
First, we will discuss the different kinds of patio doors and patio door materials you can use for your installation project. Second, we will explain how to choose the right patio door company. And third, we will give a few tips to help you enjoy a quick and hassle-free home improvement project.
The Different Kinds of Patio Doors
In general, there two kinds of patio doors: hinged and sliding. Hinged patio doors swing open while sliding patio doors slide on a track. The kind you choose for your home will depend on your property’s architectural style and your needs.
SLIM AND SLEEK. Sliding patio doors have narrow frames and large glass areas ideal for modern and contemporary homes.
Sliding patio doors are better for homeowners who have limited space and they are well-suited for modern and contemporary style homes because of their slim, sleek design.
Hinged patio doors, on the other hand, look good on traditional homes. They are also a great choice if you want a very large entryway and don’t need to worry about clearance space.
Both hinged and sliding patio doors can also come in several different configurations. For instance, a sliding patio door can be very wide and have multiple panels, while a French door, which is a hinged double door, can open outwards or inwards, depending on the design.
Patio Door Materials
Patio doors are manufactured from a variety of materials, each with their own pros and cons. Wood patio doors are common and are well-liked because of their natural beauty, for instance. However, they can be vulnerable to water damage, requiring a lot of upkeep. In addition, different kinds of wood have their own distinct characteristics which you should take into account. Red oak, for instance, has a coarse grain and good water resistance, while cherry is known to darken over time.
Steel patio doors work best for homeowners who prize durability above everything else. They are tough and last long, and are usually wood grain embossed and designed to imitate the appearance of wood. Vinyl patio doors, on the other hand, are affordable and require little maintenance, but vinyl is weaker than wood and steel. Fiberglass patio doors are strong and require just as little maintenance, but they are more expensive. There’s also vinyl-clad wood doors that feature low-maintenance vinyl exteriors with stainable wood interiors.
LOW-MAINTENANCE BEAUTY. Vinyl-clad wood doors look beautiful but don’t need a lot of maintenance.
Finding the Right Patio Door Company
The quality, performance and longevity of your new patio door will depend on the company you hire to install it. Mistakes during the installation can lead to air leaks, water infiltration and other door problems. Finding the right company for your project isn’t that complicated; however, it does require a fair amount of research. You will need to study the backgrounds of the various local door companies in your area and read customer testimonials to determine the best one for you to work with.
We recommend a local company for several reasons. A local company has extensive experience and knowledge in the local weather, home styles and building codes in your area. They can also provide you with references and examples of previous work that you can visit to assess their capabilities. As a local company, they have a reputation to uphold because word travels fast in the community. As such, they are much more motivated to do better work.
Look for a door company with many years of experience and who offers superior products. Experienced companies have already performed a large number of successful door installations, so you can rely on them for consistent quality work. Many door companies also offer exclusive patio doors that you won’t find offered for sale to the general consumer. This is because these high-quality patio doors can only be installed by certified companies.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT COMPANY. The best patio doors can only be installed by certified companies.
Patio Door Installation Tips
A good patio door company will do their best to make your home improvement experience as quick and stress-free as possible. However, it won’t hurt if you do a few things yourself to keep the project on track. Before your home improvement project, for example, meet with the door contractor regularly and ask questions and voice your concerns. You and your company should be on the same page because miscommunication will lead to delays. Ask your contractor as well how they plan to handle cleanup and disposal during the door installation.
Once work begins, make sure to keep pets and small children away from the work area. At the same time, explain to your door contractor which areas of your home they have access to, ensuring crew members can reach the work area without any problems.
LONG-LASTING APPEAL. Your new patio door will stay beautiful for many years with regular maintenance.
After the installation, talk to your door contractor about how to clean and maintain your patio door. You should also study your warranty and take the opportunity to clarify anything you don’t understand. This will make things easier for you should anything go wrong with your new patio door.
Getting a new patio door for your home doesn’t have to be a hard or complicated process. Follow the advice we’ve outlined above and you’ll be well on your way to having a hassle-free experience. Take things step-by-step, do your research and take the time to understand what you want and what your home needs. With the right patio door installation company at your side, your project is sure to succeed.
Alex Esler is the marketing manager for Renewal by Andersen. With an extensive experience in the industry, she helps expand and maintain the company’s business relationships by managing marketing and promotional activities. Always eager to help, she remains driven and inspired by her work and the causes she cares about. Check out the company blog for updates from Alex!