Patios are normally the highlight of the summer in Birmingham, so it’s important to buy a patio door that fits your certain needs. Patios provide a break from the busy to-do’s and summer schedules, providing a good place to relax with the family, entertain guests or just get some rays.
There are a host of patio doors that give you different benefits for your unique patio needs, and we can occasionally overlook how critical the door is to the functionality of your patio. Our professionals at Pella Windows and Doors know the tips and tricks to help you find the proper patio door when you realize your current one just isn’t doing your patio justice.
If you’re thinking through getting a replacement door for your patio this summer, here are some of the things to keep in mind when going with 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 bonuses. For example, vinyl doors are known for simple maintenance while wood doors provide more design flexibility with resilient interior and exterior products. Some key things that you should watch 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—Every patio is different; some are raised above your backyard, others are four-season porches, and everything all of the setups in between. Determining the use of your patio will help you figure out if you have enough space for a swinging hinged door or if you prefer a sliding patio door. If you also have a backyard that you treasure or have one with a view, a patio door with an unobstructed view, or even a larger bi-parting door, can be a great choice.
- Design and model—At our Birmingham showroom, we have 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 too worried—our Birmingham professionals are always available to help you pick the right door for your patio. Give us a call at 877-680-9617 or request an appointment with us online.