Even considering replacing your patio doors, for new energy efficient patio doors shows you’re making a wise decision! Replacing exterior doors affords you the opportunity to improve your homes energy efficiency, as well as improve the aesthetics of the exterior of your home.

Many homes lose regulated air temperatures because of drafty patio doors with low R-values. When picking a new patio door, there are two primary choices that must be made to guarantee you make a justified purchase!

1. Choose Your Door Frame Design Wisely
The two most popular patio door styles include sliding glass doors and French doors. While there is some debate as to which style is the most energy-efficient, when designed correctly, both types of patio doors can be very energy efficient.
For an energy-efficient French door design:

  • Ensure the two door panels meet tightly in the middle, because air leakage between these doors can be a problem.
  • Choose a fiberglass frame, which is much more energy efficient than a solid wood frame.
  • Have weather stripping applied to the doors to help them seal tightly and eliminate drafts.

For an energy-efficient sliding glass door design:

  • Choose a metal frame with a plastic thermal break inside the frame, which increases its insulation value.
  • Ensure doors are compatible with weather stripping. Older-styles of sliding glass doors were often installed without weather stripping, but weather stripping can be applied to modern door styles.
  • Look for a sliding glass door-frame with additional thermal foam insulation inside the frame, rails, and stiles.

To make your patio door-frame as energy efficient as possible, make sure it is installed properly. This is one of the reasons you should have a professional installation expert install your door.

2. Choose Patio Door Glass With Special Features
Another key to ensuring your new patio door is as energy efficient as possible is choosing the right patio door glass.

Select Double-Pane Glass

Be sure to choose double-pane patio door glass instead of single-pane glass. In the summer, half as much outdoor heat will pass through double-pane windows into your home; and in the winter, half as much heat will pass through the window out of your home. This can help keep your heating bills low in the winter and air-conditioning bills low in the summer.

Also, choose double-pane glass with an argon or krypton gas between the two panes of glass to increase the insulation value of the window even more.

When homeowners make the switch from single-pane to double-pane windows in their homes, they typically see a reduction in, in-home energy use of 24 percent in the winter and 18 percent in the summer.

Add a Low-E Window Coating

Low-E glass is coated with a layer of fine metallic particles that reflect heat back outside in the summer and into your home in the winter. Glass professionals estimate that a low-E coating provides added insulation to a window that is comparable to adding a full extra pane of glass to the window.

There are two types of Low-E glass: hard coat and soft coat. Hard coat Low-E glass has a layer of fine metallic particles applied to the outer surface of the glass, while soft coat Low-E glass has a layer of metallic particles sandwiched between the two panes of a double-pane window.
Both Low-E coatings increase window insulation, although soft coat Low-E glass typically offers a bit more insulation than hard coat Low-E glass.

If you are replacing your patio doors, then keep these tips in mind to ensure your doors don’t just improve the curb appeal of your home, but also increase its energy efficiency. Reach out to Maverick Windows for all of your home window and glass needs.

In an effort to keep overall household costs down, energy efficiency is a major concern for homeowners. There are a couple of reasons for ensuring your home is as energy efficient as possible. First and foremost, the cost of keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter can be high, which means a conscious effort to use energy efficient materials is important. Secondly, many homeowners these days are concerned for the environment, so they look for Eco-friendly products that help reduce their home’s impact on the environment. 

Today we explore a snapshot of different variations in energy efficient siding. Once home owners have a better understanding of the differences in available products, it makes for an easier and more informed purchase process.

Wood Siding

Cedar siding is one of the most popular siding choices, and not just for its excellent energy efficiency. Cedar siding has an attractive exterior, better protection from the elements and it is extremely durable and resistant to weather. Cedar wood is also very Eco-friendly as it is biodegradable and requires minimal treatment. It is also a great insulator as it prevents the loss of warm air during winter and keeps in the cool air during summer. It also protects the structure of your home from excessive heat, water and dryness.


  • Excellent insulator
  • Eco-friendly
  • Attractive finish
  • Can be easily replaced
  • Durable and resistant to harsh weather


  • Can be costly
  • Requires regular maintenance (staining/re-painting)
  • Termites can be a big problem if wood is not maintained

Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber cement is made of wood fibers that have been mixed with sand and cement. This siding is thicker than other siding and has the ability to withstand extreme weather such as strong wind and hail. It also does not require refreshing as often as wood siding as the paint lasts longer from the time of installation. If you want something that is durable and long-lasting, fiber cement has a good reputation for its quality.


  • Not susceptible to termites
  • Water resistant
  • Incombustible
  • Many options for texture and color


  • Installation can be more complicated as the material is very heavy
  • Costlier than other types of siding 

If you want to really increase your energy savings, consider vinyl siding. 

Vinyl Siding

For those in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, vinyl siding will generally the most popular choice. Vinyl siding is known for its ability to withstand the harsh elements, and it can perfectly mimic the look of many types of cladding including stone, wood and slate, for a fraction of the cost. Vinyl siding is also a great choice if you want to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. Vinyl Siding can be paired with insulated siding, which is a foam that adds another layer of insulation to your home. More on insulated siding to come!


  • Durable and resistant to harsh weather
  • Widely available
  • Cost effective
  • Eco-friendly


  • Cannot be painted once installed

High-performance, energy-efficient windows and doors are important elements in a quality building or remodeling project. While you may know exactly what style of window you want, selecting the most efficient window is not as easy. Confusing terminology and the vast number of options available can make choosing energy efficient windows an overwhelming process.

As a homeowner, it’s important to be aware of the components of a high-quality, energy-efficient window or skylight. To help you, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association has put together some of the most frequently asked questions and the answers to them.

Q. What is insulated glass?

A. Strictly speaking, “insulated” glass is a misnomer. What the term means is that there are two or more panes of glass separated by insulation at the edges and air in the center, which provides greater thermal efficiency.

Q. What is a gas-filled window?

A. Modern window technology seals an inert gas (usually argon) between the panes of glass. The gas is a far better insulator than just air, so it further increases the window’s thermal value.

Q. I’ve heard the term low-E glass. What exactly is that?

A. Low-E stands for low emittance. Simply put, the glass is coated with a nearly clear material that acts to cut the transmission of ultraviolet rays from outside to inside. Low-E glass further improves thermal efficiency of the window, cuts glare and prevents the damage that ultraviolet rays can cause to interior furnishings. If you are in a climate that has long, hot summers, low-E windows can make a big difference in your air-conditioning bill, too.

Q. What is the difference between R-value and U-value?

A. R-value is often cited in insulation literature, and U-value appears in published material on windows. Essentially R-value and U-value are two sides of the same coin. The term R-value is usually cited when discussing things as wall and ceiling insulation value, but it does not translate well to windows and other fenestration products, so the industry uses the term U-values instead. It’s important to note that these ratings relate to each other inversely: A higher R-value means better insulated are walls and ceilings, while with U-values, a lower number indicates that the window does a better job a of keeping out heat and cold.

To learn more about the selection of windows and skylights, check out the WDMA website.

Searching for the best replacement window company to fit your needs can be daunting. With so many different companies offering similar products at different prices, how do you know which is the best choice for you? Understandably, the cost of the windows is an important factor in choosing your window replacement company. The first question you’ll want to ask your exterior design consultant is how much your project will cost? Unfortunately, there is no “one-price-fits-all” cost for replacement windows from Maverick Windows as all windows are custom-made, causing the price of the windows to vary from project to project. The price of your windows is determined by:

  • Material Maverick Windows offers wood and vinyl windows in a variety of styles for your project.
  • Style – Choose from a variety of styles, including double hung, bay and bow windows, sliders, venting, and casement windows. Be sure to consider your home’s layout and needs before selecting the style of window you want.
  • Finish – Finding the perfect finish for your windows is just as important as selecting the material and style. Choose from seven different interior and woodgrain colors and over thirty exterior colors to perfectly match your home.
  • Installation – Installation fees often influence the cost of replacement windows. While installing the windows yourself might be cheaper, trusting a team of professionals to your project will save you the effort that comes with DIY projects. Our certified master installers will ensure your project gets completed accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Size of the Project – The larger the project, the higher the cost. If you’re looking to replace at least ten windows, considering weather the company you are working with offers E-Z financing should be a consideration of yours.

If you’re interested in receiving quotes from multiple window companies, keep in mind the price promoted in advertisements may not reflect the total cost of the windows. Many companies will use trickery to make prices appear lower than they truly are. Companies may offer windows at a lower rate; however, you may ultimately pay for a lower quality window that won’t last as long as a replacement window from Maverick Windows.

If you’re looking to replace your windows, skip the showroom! Only consider purchasing from companies with qualified Sales Representatives who will come to your home to discuss the best options for your project. Maverick’s design consultants will offer several different options to help you choose the best windows for your budget. The quote you receive will last for one year, but there’s no pressure to buy on the spot. For more information about the cost of replacing the windows in your home, schedule an estimate today.

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