A patio door can be a beautiful addition to your home. They can give your room a more open, airy concept and give you wide, clear views of the outdoors. They can add value to your home when you decide it’s time to move, and boost the energy efficiency in your home. There’s little question that patio doors can benefit your home. The question is what kind of doors you need, and for that, there are a few things to consider.
Patio doors come in all shapes and sizes. Do you want a sleek sliding glass door or a classic French door style? Are you looking for a single door with one long glass pane, or wide double doors? Think about the style of your house, as well as the view the patio door would be facing. Classic architectural styles work typically work best with latticed French doors in wooden frames whereas mid-century modern, contemporary, and minimalist styles are made lighter and airier with sliding glass doors in as slim a frame as possible. But maybe you like to break the rules. Mixing styles isn’t always a bad thing. It’s also important to consider where you want this door to be when it comes to choosing a style, and what views will be visible outside.
Patio doors generally indicate that the doors will be facing the backyard, but from where? Will these doors be in your living room? Your bedroom? At the end of your dining room? Maybe they’ll be attached to a sunroom in your home, or they could even lead into a sunroom. This is all key when it comes to choosing the right patio doors. How much space do you have along the wall? Enough for a single or double door? How high is the ceiling in that room? Keep in mind that in certain rooms, you may want more privacy than others. For instance, if you install sliding glass doors leading to the outside in your bedroom, you may want blinds to block the view occasionally. French doors need room to open, so make sure that your furniture and other decor in the room allows that.
What kind of climate do you live in? Does it rain often? Do you have all four seasons or typically just the extremes? Here in Central PA, we can have pretty harsh winters, so energy efficiency is important for your patio door. Wood frames can become warped or swollen when exposed to the elements. Vinyl has great thermal resistance, keeping heat in your home, but if it’s not high quality vinyl, it can be a little cheap and break apart or warp easily. Fiberglass patio doors are pricier, but durable and incredibly energy efficient, keeping cold out, heat in, and your energy bills low. You should also think about how much light your patio doors let in by checking the NFRC label on the glass, specifically visible transmittance. High VT windows can save you money on your electric bill all throughout the year.
One thing you don’t have to put too much thought into is the installation itself. At Zen Windows PA, not only do we sell energy efficient, and beautiful patio doors, we have years of experience installing them. Our team will make sure that the installation is done with care, with as much comfort as possible to those living in the home. We can promise that our patio doors will be high quality, but we’ll never use high pressure sales tactics to box you into a choice you’re not sure about. Contact us today for more information or a free quote about finding and installing your new patio door.