How to choose the perfect patio door for your house?

How to choose the perfect patio door for your house?

October 19, 2019, 08:00 AM
Materials | Patio Doors

Are you a homeowner? Have you ever had to change your patio door? If your answer is no, or if it was a long time ago, one day, you will have to change your patio door because unfortunately they don’t last forever. Obviously, the durability of a patio door depends on many aspects.  In this article, we will provide you with some advice on how to choose a patio door that will perfectly suit your needs.

First, you should ask yourself what your requirements are for the acquisition you are about to make. Do you want to buy a product that is super energy efficient, a product that will have a long lifespan or do you want to spend as little as possible? These are just a few examples of interrogations that you should be asking yourself.

In this blog article, we review two possibilities that meet the expectations of most consumers: hybrid and vinyl patio doors.

Hybrid – Best of both worlds

For many consumers, a hybrid patio door remains the best of both worlds. This product combines the energy efficiency of vinyl with the strength and durability of aluminum. Equipped with double weather stripping, you will also have the opportunity to choose between conventional and energy efficient glass panes, and to pick from a variety of different standard colours. However, it’s good to know that to buy this door style you will have to pay about 25% more than vinyl. A bit more expensive, but in our opinion it’s worth it!

Vinyl – An economical choice in every way

Vinyl is probably the most popular patio door material. This is because it’s the most affordable alternative. Vinyl also provides excellent thermal insulation and is easy to clean. This patio door style comes with a choice of conventional or energy efficient glass panes. Several colours are also available to match and harmonize with your home.

Many options

Now that you’ve chosen between one of the two products we’ve presented, the next step is to decide what optional features you’d like. You can choose from a multitude of options to make your purchase more attractive or even more effective! Energy efficient sealed units with argon gas, Low-E or even our self-cleaning glass are just a few of the more popular options, and topics that are worth researching before making your final decision. We highly recommend speaking with a window and door expert to better understand all the options that exist.

Installation is of equal importance

The quality and energy efficiency of the patio door that you select will have an impact on your electricity bill, but so too will the installation. If your patio door is installed incorrectly, you could potentially lose all the benefits that go along with a new energy efficient patio door. According to Energy Star Canada, it’s essential to make sure that your door is being installed by professionals. It has been proven that around 80% of window, door and patio door issues are related to the way they have been installed. Hiring a professional installer, means converting additional short-term costs into a wise, long-term investment.

If you still have questions or concerns, contact one of our dealers and they will be more than happy to guide you and to help turn your home renovation project into a reality.


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