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Without a doubt, patio doors – especially if they’re French
doors – can greatly enhance a home’s aesthetic appeal and value. However, while
many homeowners get patio doors installed in their homes, or at least consider
doing so, just as many still hesitate. The fact is, a number of misconceptions
associated with patio doors continue to prevent more homeowners from enjoying
the myriad benefits of having a patio (and patio doors). Most modern patio
doors are built with advanced designs and features that make them a great
choice, if homeowners were only able to look past some common misconceptions

Patio doors are not

While this statement may once have been a hard fact –
perhaps a couple of decades ago – this no longer holds true. Gone are the
flimsy frames and weak, single-pane glass; gone, too, are unreliable locking
mechanisms. With the technological advancements we’ve seen over the years,
modern patio doors now boast durable and sturdy frames that can withstand the
usual wear and tear, and more. Most doors today are equipped with double or
multiple panes of glass, as well as more secure locking systems.

Patio doors are
Patio doors give the impression of being unsafe – mainly
because they typically consist of large glass sheets which may break when hit
hard by something, sending glass shards flying.  Moreover, since they open and close  easily even without the assistance of an
adult, they’re thought to pose a danger to younger children.
Today’s patio doors, however, have double or multiple panes
with special coatings that can resist heavy impact as well as strong winds.
Modern products are also equipped with locking mechanisms that can prevent
unsupervised entry and exit.

Patio doors are not

Huge panes of glass may not seem to lend themselves well to
energy efficiency – just imagine all the heat that can potentially pass
through. However, thanks to modern technology, patio doors can now have as much
glass as you want without compromising 
energy efficiency. Reliable names in manufacturing now produce doors
that have double or multiple panes that offer better insulation. Some modern
patio doors are also equipped with specialized low-emissivity (low-E) coating
or film that enhances visible transmittance while reducing heat transfer. This
means maximum natural lighting combined with minimal (if any) heat absorption.
Translation: your air conditioning system won’t need to work double time to
keep your temperatures indoors comfortable.

Patio doors,
particularly French doors, compromise privacy
French doors, also commonly known as French windows, are
basically a series of windows put together to make a door. A primary
characteristic is the presence of multiple glass panes which, while they may
look classy and elegant, are viewed by some as a threat to privacy.
To eliminate any privacy-related worries, you can opt for
French patio doors with frosted or textured glass that may also have a
reflective material or coating. You can always have a door customized  to have the glass features you prefer.
Patio and French
doors require a lot of space
Patio and French doors look, and often are larger than
conventional doors because of their design, but if you have a smaller door
opening, you can always have a patio or French door customized for your
home.  With more size options now
available to homeowners, space is no longer an issue.
If you have other concerns about patio doors and French doors, take the time to consult with a
professional who can discuss your options with you at length. Talking with an
expert can help in debunking any other misconceptions you may have, and you
will certainly stand to benefit from an expert recommendation or two about the
best type of door to install in your home.

General Manager David Reber is one of the home improvement experts
whose experience and proficiency are what makes Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City a leader in the local window replacement
industry. His passion for helping homeowners make smart home improvement
decisions is evident not only in his interactions with clients but also in his
write-ups on the company blog.