Patios are normally the highlight of the summer in Washington DC, so it’s important to add a patio door that fits your certain needs. Patios provide a break from the busy to-do’s and summer schedules, giving you a good place to relax with the family, entertain guests or just get some rays.
There are a number of patio doors that provide different benefits for your unique patio needs, and we can oftentimes overlook how vital the door is to a patio’s functionality. Our experts at Pella Windows and Doors know the tips and tricks to help you choose the proper patio door when you understand your current one just isn’t doing your patio justice.
If you’re thinking about a replacement door for your patio this summer, here are some of the things to keep in mind when picking a new model:
- Energy efficiency—Similar to what we say with our windows, doors play a large role in the overall energy efficiency of a house. Different patio door materials provide different energy efficient perks. For example, vinyl doors are well-known for carefree maintenance while wood doors offer more design flexibility with resilient interior and exterior products. Some terms that you should keep an eye out for if energy efficiency is important in your replacement patio door choice are: Low-E, ENERGY STAR rated and inert gas-filled insulated glass.
- Fitting in with your outdoor living space—Each patio is different; some are raised above your backyard, others are four-season porches, and everything else you can think of. Determining the use of your patio will help you determine if you have enough space for a swinging hinged door or if you would like a sliding patio door. If you also have a backyard that you take pride in or have one with a view, a patio door with an unobstructed view, or even a larger bi-parting door, can be a good choice.
- Design and model—At our Washington DC showroom, we carry a large variety of patio door options such as our Architect Series® with wood doors, Designer Series® with snap-in window technology or our Pella® 450 Series with a variety of sizes, features and options. All are energy efficient and have the price to fit your budget.
With all of these choices to think about, don’t get stressed—our Washington DC professionals are always available to help you choose the right door for your patio. Give us a call at (301) 327-3013 or request an appointment with us online.