When buying new entry or patio doors, your selection shouldn’t start and end with aesthetics. Keep in mind that doors are more than just points of entry. The following qualities should be factored in before you decide on which door to buy.
Weatherproofing and Energy Efficiency
Doors primarily protect your home against the elements, so your new doors should be able to keep outside conditions out and have enough insulation to minimize heat loss. Both entry and patio doors must have quality seals around the frames; you shouldn’t feel any drafts around them during cold season.
Insulation is an important element as well because it works with your exterior walls and attic insulation in preventing heat loss. According to the US Energy Information Administration, as much as 42% of an average home’s annual energy consumption is spent just on space heating. You can cut as much as 25% of your energy bill with properly insulated doors.
This is why every Renewal by Andersen® sliding and French patio doors come standard with insulated frames, High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass and a unique weatherstrip/interlock system – all of which contribute to energy efficiency. We also chose to offer ProVia® entry doors because their entry doors have features — such as their ComforTech™ Warm Edge Glazing — that match our energy efficiency requirements.
If you happen to live in a busy area, work during evenings or simply love to turn up the volume when watching your favorite shows, then you’ll need doors that provide soundproofing. The good news is, it’s not something for which you have to pay extra. Doors with proper insulation already have this feature as insulating materials and the airspace between dual glass panels absorb vibrations.
It goes without saying that entry and patio doors need to provide security, which is why all our patio doors – as well as ProVia entry doors – are built with materials that can withstand heavy impact. Our hinged patio doors feature a five-point locking system that secures the entire door height while our sliding patio doors feature an Andersen®-designed, reach-out locking system that secures the sashes to the jamb. ProVia entry doors likewise feature durable Emtek® and Schlage® hardware options for enhanced security.
If you would like to learn more about our entry, hinged and sliding patio door security options, call Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities today at (844) 366-7784. Fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve many areas in the Quad Cities, including Moline, IL.