We talked about the energy efficiency of sliding patio doors – both the potential and the possible issues – in parts one and two. Today, we cap off the series with how you can better ensure that the investment is a rewarding one, simply by making sure that they’re properly installed.
How your sliding patio doors are installed has a direct role in their functionality and energy performance. In that regard, always mind these considerations prior to the start of the project.
Your Home Conditions
Climate zones, architectural style, and home orientation may add to or detract from the benefits you can get from your sliding doors. Living in a cold region, for instance, should necessitate picking door products that are engineered for optimal heat control and daylighting. Your home’s style should also be factored into project specifications. If you have trees around the property, make sure they will not reduce the amount of sunlight that your home gets. Choose the most ideal position, too, to maximize daylighting, heat absorption, and ventilation.
Hiring Professional Help
Your chosen installer or contractor is also critical to harnessing the rewards from your sliding patio door investment. These things, in particular, should be evident in your professional of choice.
Solid technical knowledge. Installing a sliding door is not only about getting the right measurement; it involves several technical considerations that your installer or contractor should be well-versed in. Building codes have to be especially observed to make sure you get the necessary paperwork for the installation project. We recommend hiring a local door professional as some states and counties enforce their own codes at the local level, in addition to the provisions from nationwide model codes.
Comprehensive portfolio. A well-represented portfolio is proof of the door professional’s competence and experience. Choose an installer or a contractor who has a wide professional scope.
Good partnership with a product manufacturer. A properly installed sliding patio door is an investment that will last for a long time; a properly installed sliding patio door manufactured by a trusted name offers an even bigger reward. If your installer or contractor has a partnership with a solid brand, you can look forward to specialized product knowledge and a better warranty.
Competitive pricing. Quality work does not have to mean expensive work. Choose a door professional whose quality of work justifies the price tag he or she attaches to it. And request a free consultation before finalizing anything.