What You Should Know Before Replacing Your Patio Door

Aug 26, 2020 | Home Improvement


A patio door replacement seems fairly straightforward, but it is actually quite the investment. To get the most of this project, you’ll want to cover all the bases–and there are a lot of them. But no worries–the trusted door and commercial roofing specialists, Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC can help you with this. Here are some of the essentials you should consider before having your patio doors replaced:

Choose the Right Patio Door Style.

Patio doors usually come in hinged and sliding options. You can base your choice of door style according to your specific needs. Do you enjoy hosting parties, for example? Then you might want a hinged patio door, which creates a wide opening that allows for smoother movement and accommodates constant traffic. This same large opening also helps establish a seamless connection between your home’s interior and outdoor space.


If you prefer accessibility and ease of operation, you might want a sliding patio door instead. It is easy to close and open–you just need to slide them along their track–which is especially handy for those with limited mobility. A sliding patio door generally comes with thin framing and an expansive glass area, so you can benefit from the superior daylighting it can provide your home. It also helps maximize your viewing area.


Consider Your Home’s Architectural Style.

Aside from function, you should consider how your replacement patio door will look with your home. The last thing you want is a door that looks out of place with the other design elements. For this reason, match the door style with your home’s existing architecture and exterior palette. For instance, if you own a traditional home, such as Craftsman, Colonial, or Farmhouse, you might want to go for a hinged French door. Thanks to its simple and elegant design, a hinged French patio door will perfectly match with your home’s timeless look. On the other hand, a sliding glass patio door will look right at home–so to speak–in a Modernist or Contemporary home, which favors sleek lines and large expanses of glass. 


Door Materials Matter.

The longevity and performance of your new patio door depend on the material it uses. You’ll want to pick something that is proven durable and long-lasting. Here are some of the most popular door materials available today:


  1. Wood. A classic choice, wood can provide a warm, natural look to your home. Patio doors made of this material offer great durability and insulating value. However, they are prone to warping and rot when exposed to moisture and will require constant maintenance to keep them looking good.
  2. Vinyl. Patio doors made of this particular material remain popular because they’re cost-effective and easy to install. What’s more, they come in a wide range of baked-on colors that last longer than a regular paint job. But the downside is that vinyl patio doors tend to warp under extreme thermal changes and generally have a shorter lifespan compared to other options.
  3. Aluminum. If you need patio doors that are extremely durable, try aluminum. They can withstand harsh weather conditions and offer a nice, sleek look to your home. Aluminum patio doors, however, aren’t good insulators and may contribute to your home’s energy loss.
  4. Fiberglass. Here’s a door material that can ensure reliable and long-lasting performance. Fiberglass patio doors are known for their durability–they can effectively resist inclement weather for many years without showing so much as a mark or scratch. Because this material uses glass fiber and resin, its seasonal contraction and expansion will be minimal, eliminating the potential for warping. Fiberglass patio doors are low-maintenance and versatile. They come in different colors and finishes, allowing for many design possibilities. This makes it easier to match with your home’s architecture and existing color scheme.


Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC is not only your roofing expert–we can also handle your patio door replacement needs. We proudly carry high-quality fiberglass door options from Therma-Tru®, ensuring unmatched beauty and durable, long-lasting performance. 


Take the Door’s Energy Performance into Account.


Patio doors not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but they can also improve its comfort and energy efficiency. This will rely on the material and glass they use. The exceptional Therma-Tru patio doors offered by Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC, for instance, are ENERGY STAR® qualified and NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) certified. This means they have met, even exceeded, the stringent energy performance ratings. These doors help keep your energy costs to a minimum, and contribute to a better environment with these features:

  1. Polyurethane foam core, which allows for incredible insulating value, preventing outside heat or cold from transferring into your home, while trapping costly heating or cooling energy inside.
  2. Energy-efficient glass options, that are triple-paned for reduced heat flow. These doors’ factory-coated Low-E (low-emissivity) glass prevents solar heat transfer via the unit, keeping your home cooler and more comfortable even in the hottest summers while reducing the load on your air conditioning.
  3. Complete door systems, which include components like weatherstrip that help create a durable, more airtight seal, preventing leakage and significant energy loss.

Keep Door Maintenance in Mind.

You’ll want your new patio door to provide decades of reliable performance, so it’s never too early to think about its upkeep. First things first–choose a door material with low-maintenance requirements, such as fiberglass, which is typically easier to clean and take care of. Next, always be on the lookout for possible damage–a thorough inspection, especially following a major weather event is crucial for the door’s longevity. Finally, any issues should be dealt with promptly to maintain the door’s smooth operation and performance.


Work with a Reliable Door Company.

Some homeowners take the DIY route in a patio door replacement and then realize they are way in over their heads. The project looks simple on paper, but it will usually require a professional to ensure the best results. But how exactly do you pick a dependable door installer? Here are some tips:


  1. Check their credentials. Make sure your local door company has the necessary business license and insurance, including workers’ compensation and liability coverage. These qualifications not only make them eligible to perform home improvement work in your area, but they can also protect you and your investment should anything go awry during the work process. 
  2. Look them up on prominent industry websites. The usual go-to page is the Better Business Bureau® (BBB), where you can check if the door company has outstanding complaints or has earned satisfactory scores and reviews. You can also visit the company’s website and read the testimonials left by their previous clients. If they have a gallery, check out the photos of the remodeling projects they’ve already worked on.
  3. Ask for a list of references. If you want a clearer idea of how a given home improvement company does business, you only need to ask for a list of references and talk to their previous clients. 


Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC is not only your premier roofing contractor–we also specialize in a variety of home improvement projects. We are fully licensed and insured, with over 60 years of industry experience. Because we are a BBB Accredited Business, with a prominent A+ rating, you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing your door replacement project will be completed perfectly right the first time. 


At Turner Home Improvement Contractors, LLC, we have always aimed for complete client satisfaction through exceptional workmanship and remarkable customer service. Expect only a smooth and stress-free door replacement experience when you work with us. We serve the areas in and around Portland and Glastonbury, CT. Call us today at (860) 633-1400 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.