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Three Sensible Questions to Ask When Considering Replacement Patio Doors

Are your energy bills going up as the temps go down? 

Saving on heating (and cooling in the summer) is one reason many homeowners in the Minneapolis area choose to replace their doors and windows.  Most energy that’s lost in a home is through door and window openings.  And chances are, the biggest door opening you have is your patio door.  That alone makes it one of the most important in terms of energy efficiency.  Energy costs can be reduced by installing replacement windows and doors, and cooling and heating bills are reduced even more with replacement patio doors.

3836_tstar_dining_vertHomeowners who replace their patio doors have many advantages. After replacement of your patio door with an energy-efficient, low-maintenance door, there is very little care needed, operation is easy,  and functionality of the door and appearance of your home are improved considerably.

What shape is your patio door in?  Many things can affect a door’s performance. If you’re not sure your patio doors need replacing, ask these three questions:

When Should a Patio Door Be Replaced?

There are several ways of determining when sliding patio doors need replacing. Are there leaks when it rains? Is it hard to open and close the door? Is moisture trapped in between the glass panes, fogging up the glass?  Determine if your patio door has a draft by feeling around all corners. Your energy bills will be increased as well as home comfort reduced if you’re experiencing a draft from an ill-fitting door. Any of these issues could indicate it’s time for a new patio door.

What Is Involved In The Replacement Process for a Patio Door?

The first is to determine whether your door size is standard or custom. If it’s a standard size opening, replacing the door is a relatively simple process, and a stock door can be selected.  The old door is removed, and the new door is installed in the existing opening.

If your door opening is nonstandard, there may need to be adjustments made to to the opening so that the new door will fit snugly.  A custom-size door may need to be ordered as well.  But Window Outfitters can help make your replacement patio doors fit, even if you want to change the size.  You can even change types and opt for a hinged French-type door instead of a slider.

What Are Some Benefits Of Replacement Patio Doors?

The benefits are almost endless with a new energy-efficient, low maintenance patio door. When you replace that old door,  your home becomes more secure and energy-efficient. Eliminate any drafts, water leaks, and foggy windows. There will be no more difficulty opening or closing your patio door – now you can operate with ease. Your replacement patio door lock will work as it should, with simplicity. Your new patio door will bring an improvement in appearance to your home as well.

For help in selecting the right patio door for your home, why not call us today for either a free in-home consultation or an appointment at our Savage showroom?  We install a variety of patio doors from quality manufacturers such as Pella.  You can choose between wood, aluminum clad wood, fiberglass, and vinyl.  We can answer all your questions about replacement patio doors, and we can help you choose the right one for your home.

Contact us at Windows Outfitters today!  We are a licensed MN replacement door company serving the entire Minneapolis metro area. 


Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.