A patio door replacement project may not be as exciting as a kitchen makeover, but this exterior project requires some forethought since it may change the way your home looks, feels and works.
To plan your project properly, use these expert tips from Stittsville Windows and Doors:
Consider the Size of the Opening
First of all, narrow your hinged and sliding glass door options down keeping the size of the opening in mind. It determines how big or how wide a unit you can fit in the space. Unless you’re willing to knock down a portion of your wall, the dimensions of the existing opening limits your choices.
Generally, swinging French doors are more suitable for narrower openings since they open outward and can be built in a one-unit configuration. On the other hand, sliding door systems are perfect for wide and short openings because they operate horizontally and come in pairs.
Think About Clearance
Unlike sliding units, most French door styles need room to open completely. If you plan to place a chair or a table close to the operating panel, a swinging door might ruin your furniture arrangement.
To Stittsville Windows and Doors, one of the biggest advantages of sliding doors is their space-saving format. These units won’t interfere with the pathway or any object in front of them.
Pay Attention to the Glass-to-Frame Ratio
By and large, sliding units have a greater glass area than French doors because of their slim framing design. More glass means more sunlight and bigger views.
Don’t Forget About Maintenance
Any door replacement company would tell you that maintenance is an unavoidable task. However, some units need more care and attention than others over time. If you want to decrease the amount of time and money you spend on the upkeep of your door, count the moving parts. The fewer moving parts a unit has, the less maintenance it likely will need to function and last as advertised.
Not one door is right for every homeowner. Discuss your project with Stittsville Windows and Doors to avoid overlooking anything that matters and to make an informed decision. Call us at (613) 271-5434, or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation. We serve clients in Goulbourn Township, ON.