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.

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