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What You Need to Know About Patios This Summer

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Patios are normally the highlight of the summer in St. Paul, so it’s important to add a patio door that fits your specific needs. Patios provide a break from the busy to-do’s and summer schedules, offering a perfect place to relax with the family, entertain guests or simply get some rays.

There are a number of patio doors that offer different benefits for your range of patio needs, and we can sometimes overlook how vital the door is to how functional your patio is. Our experts at Pella Windows and Doors know the tips and tricks to help you identify the right patio door when you recognize that your current one just isn’t doing your patio justice.

If you’re thinking about a replacement door for your patio this summer, here are some of the things to think about when going with a new model:

  1. Energy efficiency—Just as we say with our windows, doors play a big role in the overall energy efficiency of a house. Different patio door materials have different energy efficient benefits. For example, vinyl doors are recognized for carefree maintenance while wood doors offer more design flexibility with resilient interior and exterior products. Some terms that you should watch for if energy efficiency is important in your replacement patio door decision are: Low-E, ENERGY STAR rated and inert gas-filled insulated glass.
  2. Fitting in with your outdoor living space—Each patio is distinctive; some are raised above your backyard, others are four-season porches, and everything else you can think of. Determining the use of your patio will help you decide if you have enough space for a swinging hinged door or if you should look in to a sliding patio door. If you also have a backyard that you treasure or have one with a view, a patio door with an unobstructed view, or even a larger bi-parting door, might be the right option.
  3. Design and model—At our St. Paul showroom, we have a number of patio door options such as our Architect Series® with wood doors, Designer Series® with snap-in window technology or our Pella® 450 Series with a variety of sizes, features and options. All are energy efficient and have the price to fit your budget.
  4. With all of these options to ponder, don’t get overwhelmed—our St. Paul experts are always available to help you choose the right door for your patio. Give us a call at 651-213-9049 or request an appointment with us online.