5 Tips for Purchasing New Patio Doors

| July 3, 2017

With such gorgeous Oakville weather, it’s easy to see why so many homeowners value their exterior spaces as much as their interior space, which is why it’s so important that your home features patio doors that create a warm and inviting feel while still staying true to the overall design of your home. However, the majority of homeowners find it difficult to choose between the wide variety of patio doors currently available on the market. To help simplify the buying process, we have put together a list of our top 5 industry tips for buying the perfect patio doors.

#1 Consider the Space in Your Home and Any Obstructions

If there is one factor you must take into consideration while shopping for patio doors, it’s space. In addition to considering the amount of wall space you have, you’ll also need to consider how much exterior space there is in case you install patio doors that open outward. This will help dictate the type of patio doors that best suit your needs. For example, if you’re working with a large open space you may want to go with folding patio doors, while homeowners with more narrow space may choose to go with more traditional sliding patio doors.

#2 Know the Right Door Material for Your Home

When shopping for the best material on the market, it’s important to keep in mind the unique needs of your household. Every home has its own needs and every homeowner has their own preference, so the best door material will ultimately be the one that fits those specific needs and desires.  Currently, the most popular patio door materials on the market are cladwood, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl and wood. It’s important to remember that each material comes with its own set of benefits and disadvantages, so it’s always best to do a bit of research beforehand.

#3 Go Green

The American Energy Association released a study stating that up to 60% of the energy wasted in the average North American home escapes through the windows and doors, and this includes patio doors. Try looking for a more energy-efficient patio door model and always check the label to see if a model is ENERGY STAR certified or features a low U-factor (which indicated a high insulation value).

#4 Make Security a Top Priority

All homes should ensure that their patio doors offer optimal security, but this is especially true for homes with public access to its outdoor spaces. Look into the secureness of a patio door model prior to purchasing it. For example, sliding patio doors tend to be more vulnerable to break ins, while swinging patio doors are often as secure as your front entry door.

#5 Always Consider Your Resale Value

If you plan on reselling your home in the near feature, it’s important to keep in mind that every aspect of your home will be taken into account to determine the final resale value of your home. We suggest visiting local open houses or speaking to real estate agents in the area to learn more about what type of patio door is standard in your area.

If you would like to learn more about choosing the best Oakville, Ontario patio doors for your home, we suggest you start by speaking with a Magic Windows Innovation expert. Simply give us a call at 1-866-656-2442 or visit us at 75 Rowntree Dairy Road Woodbridge, ON L4L 6C8.


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