When it comes to stylish upgrades for your home, many people think of things like buying new furniture, replacing old flooring, or repainting walls in the latest color trends. Not a lot of people consider upgrading their patio door, but it can make a major difference in the look and feel of your home.
If you have an older sliding patio door that’s seen better days, it may be time for an upgrade. You could just replace that slider with a new, smooth gliding vinyl slider that will be more energy efficient, or you could take your patio doors to the next level with swinging French doors.
French doors can instantly give a home a classic touch. They offer style and elegance and can help turn a previously bland, cookie-cutter room into a more interesting space.
One of the brands of swinging French doors we recommend to our customers in the Pleasanton and San Jose areas is Monte Verde. Monte Verde makes well-crafted French doors that are also very energy efficient. They offer all of the features you’d expect in a quality French door, such as Low-E, tempered glass, a three-point locking system with a dead bolt, and fusion-welded corners for water tightness. However, they also offer features that you might not find in patio doors from other manufacturers. One example is their in-glass pet doors, which allow your pets to come and go freely through your patio door, without having to leave the door open for them. Another great feature of Monte Verde doors is their Limited Lifetime Warranty, which covers pretty much anything that could go wrong with your patio doors for as long as you own your home.
Advantages of Swinging French Doors
In addition to the classic elegance French doors can bring to a house, you can also get the benefit of a wider opening to the outdoors. With two-panel swinging French doors, both doors can be operable—meaning both doors can open and close—giving you better access to your patio or balcony. With sliding patio doors, typically only one door panel is operable. You can also choose to install sidelites on either side of your French doors, which can also be opened and closed for additional fresh air and access to the outdoors, or you can opt for three- or four-panel French doors.
Some Important Considerations with Swinging French Doors
One of the most important things you need to think about before replacing your old slider with swinging French doors is the issue of clearance. You need to make sure that there is enough room for your doors to open and close freely, without hitting furniture or walls. However, with Monte Verde’s swinging patio doors, you can choose whether your doors swing in or out.
If you have additional questions about patio doors for your Bay Area home, we’d love to talk with you. We can answer any questions you have and get you an estimate on patio doors that will add style and value to your home. Contact us today to schedule a free, in-home consultation.