Patio doors are one of the most underrated ways to transform any space and one of the most energy efficient upgrades you can invest in for your home. Having modern and sleek patio doors can radically change the way your home looks, not to mention bring down your hydro bill. Many homeowners don’t realize how much hot and cool air they can lose with patio doors that are foggy or failing to open and close properly. If you’re in the market for a patio door upgrade, here are a few things you should consider before making your purchase.


1. Design & Functionality

When choosing a patio door, you’ll want to consider how versatile you want your indoor and outdoor space to be. There are many options when it comes to your sliding patio doors. Some patio doors swing out and are ideal if you’re interested in bringing the outside in and you have enough outdoor space to allow the doors to open inward or outward. Most homeowners prefer a sliding door design with grilles that coordinate with their homes interior and exterior motifs. Remember that even if you choose a standard design, you can always customize your hardware to reflect the style of your home.


2. Energy Efficiency

Having a patio door that’s energy efficient is as important as how it looks, especially if your patio doors are going to take up a significant portion of your home. Newer home styles sometimes have multiple patio doors that give owners a view of the entire backyard. If your patio doors are this large, consider using vinyl for your patio door. It requires little maintenance and provides thermal protection from fluctuating temperatures outdoors, which is crucial if you live in Canada, where the weather changes almost daily.


3. Consider your privacy

If you’re looking into patio doors as a part of a larger renovation, you can actually add patio door space in areas where there are not currently doors. It’s a big job, but if your dream is to have an outdoor space that you home showcases, it could be a worthwhile endeavor. Remember that the larger your patio door, the more your neighbors will be able to see inside your home. A great option, if you want larger patio doors with privacy, is to install patio doors with mini blinds. These blinds are in between the glass panels of the patio door, so they remain sleek. The two-paned glass also helps keep heat and cool air in.

No matter what your interior design style is, having beautiful patio doors that showcase the exterior and interior of your home can add to the value of your home. If you’re looking for an upgrade for your patio doors, contact us at Dorplex.