Saturday, September 29, 2018

How Much Does it Cost to Upgrade Your Patio Doors?

Patio doors can open up your home to an entirely new space during good weather. Your patio, deck or backyard can be used as a comfortable and airy room during parties, for relaxation and by your energetic children. 

Your patio doors should protect you from the elements and from possible prowlers. They should also help to insulate your home and should be easy to use for whatever size space you have. 

Here are five ways that you can determine how much it will cost to upgrade your doors to a new style.

What Type of Frame Have You Chosen?

Wood is by far the most expensive material used for a patio door frame, but it can be truly beautiful, especially in traditional homes. Fiberglass is a bit cheaper but is incredibly durable. Budget-friendly frame options include aluminum and vinyl. However, keep in mind that these materials may not last for many years.

What Style of Doors Do You Want?

One of the largest costs comes from the style of door that you have chosen. The two-panel gliding door is the most frequent choice and is by far the cheapest, costing $1,000 to $2,600. Sliding doors with more than two panels will cost far more. French doors keep the traditional look and open on hinges. 

They typically come at similar prices. Bi-fold doors for a kitchen are particularly popular because they save space while also allowing you to open your home to the outdoors. Telescoping doors may cost up to $5,000 but are the best options in extremely limited spaces.

Are You Using Specialty Glass?

Obviously, custom designs cost the most. Consider whether you want or need special thermal glass, impact-resistant glass or decorative glass. You may also want to consider adding built-in blinds to your doors.

How Much Does Installation Cost?

Installation can cost from a few hundred dollars to $1,400 depending on where you live, how large the patio doors are and how much work will have to be done to prepare the area. Very large or custom-built doors generally require more labor.

Are You Just Ordering a Replacement?

If you are just ordering a simple replacement part, you will see the lowest costs. Glass replacement may cost only $1,000 or less while new rollers for sliding doors will only cost $40 or so. Knobs and screens can also be added for a fraction of the cost of installing an entirely new door.

The cost of the materials and the installation will vary dramatically based on the variables that you choose. 

Of course, it is always wisest to choose the higher quality door over the lower-quality one, which could let in cold air during the winter and hot air during the summer and that may not offer you the level of protection you want. Additionally, keep in mind that where you live in the country may also affect your final cost.

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