Is patio door replacement on your summer home improvement list? Patio doors are popular summer project with Long Island homeowners because they seamlessly connect your interior and exterior spaces, providing convenient access, while bringing in plenty of natural light. The right replacement patio door makes it easier to enjoy your yard, enhances your view from both sides of the glass, and allows you to improve indoor air quality. Here are a few tips from the Renewal by Andersen team to help you plan your patio door project.

Choosing a Replacement Patio Door Style

As with any home window or door replacement, choosing the best-fit style will help you get the most benefit from your investment. There are so many options when it comes to choosing a replacement patio door it can seem overwhelming at first. To simplify your selection, start by deciding if you prefer a swing-in/swing-out style, often referred to as a French door, or a sliding patio door, often referred to as a gliding patio door, style.

Deciding whether a slider or a hinged patio door is the best fit for you is easier when you begin the process by asking yourself a couple basic questions.

#1. Are you planning to add a deck, pergola or covered patio this year?

A French-style hinged door may be the perfect solution. Swing-in/swing out doors add a touch of elegance and sophistication while providing traffic pattern control and enhanced security with multi-locking points.

#2. Do you have a small porch or landing and limited indoor floor space? A sliding patio door may be a better option.

Limited floor space on either side of the door can make furniture placement difficult with French-style swinging doors. A sliding patio door enables you to put furniture right up to the edges of the door on both sides.

Many Styles & Combinations to Meet Your Needs

Keep in mind that both styles offer many configurations. You can choose a three panel sliding door that opens from the left side, the right side, or both. French-style hinged patio door configurations may have two operable doors, or only one secured in place during the installation.

Match Your Windows for the Best Look

It is also very important to think about existing windows on the same wall. Whether you plan to install replacement windows at the same time, or your project is strictly to upgrade the entrance, you’ll want to make sure the new patio door and your home windows complement each other.

Benefits of Different Styles

We recommend you spend time exploring the unique benefits of three replacement patio door styles.

Hinged French Patio Doors (Inswing or Outswing) – offer traditional beauty with modern energy-efficient performance

Sliding French Patio Doors – deliver an expanded viewing area packaged in a low-maintenance frame perfect for areas with limited floor space to accommodate swinging doors

Contemporary Sliding Patio Doors – perfectly complement the modern home with low profile frames designed to maximize your viewing area and welcome your guest with smooth, effortless operation.

Check Out Our Inspiration Gallery

Check out our work, our Pinterest page or our inspiration gallery to see how other homeowners have used replacement patio doors to transform their homes, or see what each of these styles will look like in your home with our 3D App.

Design with Confidence

Once you’ve decided which style is the best fit for you and your needs, it is time to select the performance features you want and need. During the design phase, you can choose whether you want two, three or even four panels for your new patio door and which configuration will help you get the most from your new doors. This is the time to consider standard and custom grille patterns, hardware selections and glass options that offer both performance and decorating benefits.

Schedule a No-Obligation Home Consultation with a Replacement Patio Door Specialist Today

Now that you have some idea about the replacement patio door style and performance features you want, it’s time to take the next step. Fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation to learn more about the design and installation process today.


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