Installing new patio doors not only gives your home an updated look, but they can save you serious money on your electricity bill as well. Older patio doors, due to age and outdated design, typically have gaps in between the existing frame and the threshold. This leaves a small passage where warm or cool air can escape from your home, thus contributing to higher energy costs. Dated patio doors are also prone to condensation building inside the glass panes, which can lead to mold and other contaminants.
Premium patio doors are now made to be energy efficient and come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and designs. New patio doors can add value and sophistication to any home. Energy-efficient patio doors are a wise investment for homeowners that want to save money on their utility bill and regulate the temperature inside their homes.
Patio doors are almost always comprised entirely of glass, aside from the door frame and hardware. One key factor you’re going to want to keep an eye out for when you’re shopping around for new patio doors is low emissivity glass, or low-E glass. Look for patio doors that have double or even triple panes to reduce heat loss during the winter, and keep your home cool in the summer. While reducing your utility bill is one of the biggest perks, let’s take a closer look at the other benefits that come along with installing new patio doors.
Benefits of Installing New Patio Doors
Replacing old patio doors is a rather affordable upgrade that can offer a wide range of benefits. If you’ve noticed that your existing patio doors are hard to open and shut, you’re feeling a draft when there shouldn’t be one, or they are simply unsightly, it may be time to swap them out with a more modern, energy-efficient set of patio doors.
- Energy Savings – As we previously stated, energy savings is one of the biggest benefits when you install new patio doors. Older models of sliding patio doors are unfortunately not very energy efficient. They often do not close properly, are prone to warping, and allow for a fair amount of heat and air to escape through the cracks. The good news is that newer models of sliding patio doors are made to have a much tighter fit and are sealed and insulated properly. These design improvements have made modern patio doors a cost-effective upgrade that will save you money over time.
- Tax Credit – The savings just keep on coming. Depending on the model of patio doors you decide to install, you may be eligible for a tax credit. The credit is roughly 10% of the total cost of the patio doors, excluding installation. Make sure that you choose a qualifying patio door that is in line with the energy-efficient home improvement tax credit. When you find a patio door that you like, check the manufacturer’s website first. It should say whether or not their product qualifies for a federal tax credit.
- Brings the Outdoors & Natural Light Into Your Home – Natural light is clearly superior. One could say that it is a luxury. Being able to bathe your home with natural light also will cut down on the energy you use to keep the lights and save you even more money on utility costs. If the weather is nice, patio doors allow you to bring the outdoors into your home and flood your home with fresh air.
- Makes the Interior of Your Home Seem Larger – Just like mirrors make any space look larger, patio doors have the same effect. Pocket or recessed patio doors are able to tuck away into the walls and essentially create another functional living space out of your patio. The seamless flow between the living room and the patio creates a large open space that makes your home feel noticeably larger.
Different Types of Patio Doors
The patio doors of today come in all shapes, sizes, materials and design features. The architecture and style of your home will be the ultimate decider of what kind of patio door you install. Here are three of the most popular styles of patio doors.
- Sliding Patio Doors – Sliding patio doors are arguably the most popular choice and have come a long way since they first hit the scene. Their reputation of being heavy, inefficient, and frequently getting jammed or stuck, is now in the past. Modern sliding patio doors are now much slimmer and made of much lighter materials. Sliding patio doors also give homeowners the ability to have them tuck into the surrounding walls to completely open up your living space.
- French Patio Doors – French patio doors offer a classic aesthetic that other patio doors lack. They truly will never go out of style. French doors are available in a wide range of styles and materials, not to mention the different glass options. You can choose to have a full glass pane on each door, or opt for the pane-style glass sections. This is a great choice for high trafficked homes where opening and closing sliding patio doors would become a hassle.
- Hinged Patio Doors – Hinged patio doors are another popular choice. Hinged doors offer a much tighter seal than sliding doors so the energy savings are even better. You can get hinged patio doors to look like French doors, even though they are not. Most home improvement companies will have a large catalog of hinged patio doors to fit any size home or entryway.
Contact Window World Boston for Professional Patio Door Installation
Window World of Boston understands this is a trying time for everyone. That is why we have taken extra precautions to provide quality service and follow strict CDC guidelines in regards to COVID-19. We have enacted added safety measures to ensure our customers and their home environments will be left undisturbed. While all field services are temporarily suspended, we are happy to take any calls to schedule your patio door installation to take place in the near future.
Window World Boston can completely transform the exterior of your home and add value to your property with our superior patio door installation services. We are one of the most trusted siding companies in Massachusetts. We offer FREE consultations and our customer service staff is available to answer any questions you have Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. Call today: 781.262.3925