So, you’ve decided the time is right to update the patio doors on your Long Island home with new replacement doors. Maybe you are thinking about replacing your back entrance doors because you are installing new windows throughout your home or maybe you’ve just noticed the cold winter drafts coming in through them. Whatever prompted the move, we are glad you’re considering Renewal by Andersen of Long Island to help you upgrade your home fixtures.
Designing replacement patio doors for your home is a fun journey. Now’s the time to consider different styles, glass options, accessories, window screens and other features. To help you get started, here are three ways you can customize your entrance doors to make them a perfect fit for your home environment and your family lifestyle.
#1. Choose a Door Style That Fits Your Architecture
We offer three basic styles – traditional sliding patio doors, French-style hinged patio doors and French-style sliders. Homeowners typically choose a style that complements the overall architectural style and character of their home.
Beyond aesthetics though, you may want to consider how you use your landing or patio and the interior spaces around your new replacement door. For example, if you have a small interior room, you may prefer sliding doors that won’t interfere with traffic patterns like swing in doors do. If the interior space is your biggest concern, you could also configure French-style patio doors to swing out,. However, if you have steps or a landing directly beyond your patio door, you probably don’t want swing-in or swing-out styles that could make it difficult or unsafe to enter or exit your home. So, when considering style, explore options that cover appearance, function and safety before deciding which option is best for you and your family.
#2. Select Great Door Design Features
Grilles: There is so much more to the best replacement patio door for you than simply choosing a style or configuration options. In this photo (interior shown above), you can see where our customer in Far Rockaway, Queens, Long Island, chose the Prairie Grille pattern to mimic the pattern on windows installed in the home (check out more photos of this lovely home here). Some homeowners prefer a simple design or choose to create their own special patterns. A few leave their doors unadorned so they can enjoy the view without anything to block the beautiful sunset or landscape beyond the glass.
There are three other standard grille patterns for you to consider beside the Prairie option – the Colonial, the Farmhouse and the Modified Prairie, which uses two vertical and two horizontal bars to create a simple pattern on two or more panels to make it appear there is only one glass pane.
And don’t forget the many color and hardware options available to you too!
#3. Choices for Replacement Patio Door Glass
Another key decision during the design phase is selecting glass for your new patio doors. You have many options with modern, high-performance replacement patio doors. You may choose to boost energy-efficiency with double-pane glass that features an insulating gas between the panels. We offer other factory applied technology that allows you to control the amount of light that passes into your interior spaces and options that block harmful UV rays emitted by the sun that could potentially damage your upholstery and artwork.
Decorative patterned glass comes in four different patterns that obscure the view, but still allow sunlight to stream into your rooms and bath your spaces in subtle natural light. Glass choices impact the overall design scheme, energy-efficiency and temperature control inside your home. Ask your window consultant to help you compare the different glass types, so you can find the best-fit choice for each window unit based on how you will use each room and the exterior landscaping and lot orientation.
Customizing your replacement patio doors is fun and enjoyable. The options and additional features you choose will help you design low-maintenance doors that require almost zero time to keep performing beautifully for as long as you live in your home. Seasonal cleaning and an occasional check to make sure your tracks are free of debris and dirt are the only routine maintenance required. Here is a quick checklist of all the features you should discuss when you meet with a replacement patio door specialist.
- Glass types
- Hardware and locks (child guards, if necessary)
- Insect screens
- Styles (sliding or hinged)
- Specialty Configurations
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Patio Doors: More Options for Your Family
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