With spring upon us, many of us are itching to open our homes to the outdoors. A patio door is perfect for this. With a professionally installed patio door, your room will be transformed by the flood of sunlight. And then there’s the view: the outdoors will become so prominent that you’ll want to work harder than ever on your garden.
What’s your style?
There are two main styles of patio doors. The hinged variety swings like any other door in your house. Sliding patio doors run on a rail. Oftentimes, the decision on which to install comes down to space. If you don’t have a lot of interior space, a hinged door might work best. Additionally, the hinged patio door offers an elegant touch to your space.
Sliding doors have a more contemporary feel. If you want to maximize the view and let in a lot of light, a sliding door will deliver. An important decision to make when installing a sliding door is the direction in which you would like the door to slide. In addition to analyzing the physical layout of your home, you should also take into account foot-traffic patterns around the door.
What to ask?
If you’re talking to window-and-door installation companies, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the contractor is fully licensed and insured, and what kind of insurance they carry. Next, check to see what kinds of permits will be necessary. Then, see if the contractor will provide an itemized estimate that includes materials, labor, and a time frame. Finally, ask for references – and check them.
If you’re looking at upgrading your patio doors, please give us a call. We’ve been successfully helping homeowners for over 20 years.
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