There are a number of reasons you might wish to replace your patio doors. It could be as simple as the old ones have worn out or were damaged. You may be trying to make your home more energy efficient. Or it could be you simply want to develop a new look for your home. Now it is time to explore the many customizable features for your new patio doors.
Usually a patio door leads to a more private part of your home’s environment and therefor usually has a lot of glass to provide both light for the interior and a view of the outside environment. With glass being a very important part of the overall door aesthetic, choosing the right glass is essential. You may want the full-glass door for maximum exposure or decide to go with a multi-pane style that incorporated the frame into the design.
Normally a specific window design for the house will be carried over into the doors to provide uniformity. If you live in an area where a home owner’s association requires consistency, you will be limited in the amount of customization you can do to your patio doors. However if the choice is all yours, a classic design or the popular diamond-shaped glass panes can sometimes make the patio stand out as a special part of the grand design.
For adequate energy conservation practices and the maximum in cost savings, unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) is available in a wide range of colors and textures. uPVC can even be obtained in wood-grain patterns for a traditional look that incorporates modern cost and energy efficiency. It can be molded to include any number of glass or Plexiglas pane shapes and styles. While not the most energy efficient, it is rugged enough for most average wear and is inexpensive enough to replace if damaged by weather or accidents.
If your home improvement budget does not require economizing to a severe degree double-glazed glass and higher priced frame components may offer a better fit and energy rating. Even aluminum, wood, or steel frames provide great energy efficiency between the interior and exterior of your home. Wrought iron and glass can lend an elegant look to you patio that can be utilized to enhanse the decor by matching your patio furniture to the surrounding building components. It is the home owner’s option as to how much he is willing to spend on the patio door.