Emphasizing the scenic views around your property can help increase your home’s value. One way to improve the views from inside your home is to install sliding patio doors from a reputable door and window replacement company. The right sliding doors can provide a breathtaking panorama of the scenery outside. Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Cincinnati shares a buying guide to help you choose the right product for your home.
Measure the Opening for Your New Patio Doors
First off, you need to make sure your new patio doors will be the right fit for your home. If you’re replacing your patio doors, take precise measurements of your old doors. If you’re installing patio doors for the first time, measure the area where you’ll be installing your doors. Make sure to add two inches on each side of the doorway to make room for the doorframe. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to err on the large side of the estimate—filling in gaps is easier than cutting a new section in your wall.
Keep in mind there’s no guarantee that premanufactured doors will be a great fit for your home. After all, no two homes are exactly the same. The only way to ensure your new doors will be a great fit is to customize them.
If you’re looking for a contractor that offers customized doors and windows, Renewal by Andersen is the name to trust. We manufacture each door and window according to our customers’ exact needs and preferences, ensuring a perfect fit each and every time.
Choose the Right Material for Your New Patio Doors
The lifespan of your new doors will largely depend on the door material’s ability to withstand the demands of your local climate. Here’s an overview of the most common door frame materials:
- Wood – If you want to enhance your home’s curb appeal, choose wooden patio doors. Wood’s classic appeal can add a touch of sophistication to your exterior. The only drawback is that wood doors require significant upkeep to maintain their visual appeal.
- Vinyl – If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl doors are a great choice. Vinyl is the most cost-effective material on the market, but it can be vulnerable to temperature extremes.
- Aluminum – Aluminum door frames are light and sturdy and don’t need as much upkeep as wooden doors. So long as aluminum doors aren’t scratched or corroded, they should be able to last for a long time.
- Composite – For homes in the Midwest, we recommend choosing doors made with Fibrex®, a composite material exclusive to Renewal by Anderson replacement windows and doors. Fibrex can withstand temperature extremes and resist rot, decay, fungi, flaking, blistering and corrosion, making it well-suited to the temperature extremes of the Midwest.
Select a Style
When selecting a style for your new patio doors, consider your design preferences and need for privacy. You have three general options:
- Swinging Patio Doors – These are hinged doors that swing open and are best for entryways with a lot of space for clearance.
- Sliding Patio Doors – Their main appeal is their ease of operation as well as the ample amount of natural light and scenic views they provide. They are great for homes with limited space around entryways.
- French Patio Doors – Characterized by their expansive glass panes, French patio doors are ideal if you’re looking to add a touch of elegance and class to your home. They are traditionally designed to be hinged, but sliding models are also available.
Decide Which Extra Features to Add
A door replacement can be a significant investment, which is why you should focus on maximizing your ROI. Since patio doors usually have wide glass areas, we recommend adding energy-efficient features to help cut your heating and cooling costs. In addition to Fibrex’s resistance to extreme temperatures, it also has excellent insulation capabilities.
Find a Qualified Contractor
Even an energy-efficient door won’t be able to help you cut energy costs if it wasn’t installed properly. Installation errors can result in gaps, through which heat can leak out of your home. To make sure your new patio doors are installed correctly, only hire a qualified window contractor.
Our Signature Service
Renewal by Andersen of Cincinnati offers a wide variety of premium doors and windows, including French patio doors. To schedule a free consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (513) 283-8981 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Cincinnati, OH, and nearby areas.