A patio replacement door has several benefits that will improve your indoor living space, including increased indoor lighting and improved aesthetics. This makes patio door performance an important consideration. After all, you’ll want to enjoy these benefits for as long as possible. The following factors can affect your patio door performance, and should be considered when buying new patio doors.
Patio Door Glass
Patio doors are much like windows in that they’re mostly made of glass. Choosing the wrong type of glass package can result in a patio door that isn’t likely to fulfill basic requirements, let alone improve your home. Since glass is a naturally conductive material, you’ll want to avoid single-panel glass, as it will allow heat transfer that results in heat gain on hot days and heat loss on cold days. The energy required from your HVAC system for additional cooling or heating would result in increased energy consumption and expenditures.
Instead, look for dual-panel glass packages. This type of patio door glass – our own High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, for instance – consists of two glass panels separated by nonconducting spacers. By eliminating contact between interior and exterior surfaces, heat transfer is minimized. This results in patio doors that can actually help reduce your monthly energy consumption.
The other materials used to build our patio doors likewise affect their performance. Patio doors need to have materials that will resist the effects of temperature change. You want to choose materials that have been proven not to warp, bend or break under temperature extremes. At Renewal by Andersen®, we know how important these requirements are, which is why the materials we use, such as the wood for our Frenchwood® and Perma-Shield® patio doors, are carefully selected for their stability.
The installation process is not a part of the patio door build. Nevertheless, this often overlooked aspect of patio door replacement is important. Positioning that patio door over the wall opening is not enough. The transition between wall and patio door frame has to be sealed to avoid heat and moisture intrusion. We know how important installation quality is, and we’re so confident in our installation process that we’ve included 5-year workmanship coverage in our Transferable Limited Warranty.
To learn more about our hinged French and sliding patio doors, call Renewal by Andersen of Austin today at (866) 842-3370. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve Austin, TX, and surrounding areas in Texas.