Entry doors are important to your home. Doors add to the overall look of your home both as an interior feature and an exterior feature. If you have patio doors, then they contribute significantly to the aesthetics of your home, so it makes sense to choose your next patio door wisely. The following are some factors you should consider before choosing your next set of patio doors.
Your patio door design must complement your home. When it doesn’t, it’s more like a distraction, than the perfect accessory between your outdoor living space and your home’s interiors. Fortunately, many patio manufacturers make a plethora of patio doors in different designs to complement the look and feel of your home. If your home has a traditional look, then you can find a patio door that has a clean look to match your home. If your home is a Craftsman, then look for patio doors that are laden with wood to match your home.
With energy efficiency at the forefront of home design, it’s natural for you to want energy efficient patio doors. Energy efficient patio doors will ensure that the comfortable air in your home remains in your home by preventing leaks. They also ensure that sunlight doesn’t compromise your cool air in during the summer months.
To choose energy efficient patio doors, look for patio doors that have a low-emissivity (Low-E) coating. Low-E coatings radiate heat away from the glass in your patio door, which improves your ability to insulate your home. Therefore, when you look for a Low-E patio door, the lower the Low-E for the door, the better. The lowest Low-E rating is .04.
You should also look for patio doors that have a low-conductivity gases. Gases like argon, krypton, and xenon greatly reduce the transfer of thermal energy, allowing you to keep your comfortable air in your home.
Another important aspect to consider is safety. With patio doors made primarily of glass, it’ll attract burglars. To deter burglars, make sure you choose a patio door that has safety features included. For instance, it should have a multi-lock door system that reinforces the door. It should also be made of high-quality gas so that it becomes a nuisance to break. Finally, look for doors that lock with a key like your other entry doors. These doors are more secure due to the locking system compared to the patio doors that don't have a key.
Your budget is essential when it comes to choosing the right patio doors. All too often, patio doors that are most efficient are most expensive. To ensure you maintain your budget throughout your patio door replacement project, consider the factors that matter most to you. For instance, if you can’t afford krypton gas, then consider using argon. Or, if you can’t get low-conductivity gases, make sure your patio doors have sufficient Low-E coating.
At Window World, we are your go-to source for patio doors. We offer a variety of doors that will match any style of home on the market. Whether your first concern is with energy efficiency or with the design of your patio door, we have a door for you. Give us a call today to setup an appointment so that we can assess your home for your new patio door.
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