Once you have made the decision to enclose your patio, it is time to choose the windows and doors you want to use. You may go through and randomly pick windows and doors that you like, but you have to ask yourself if they are really going to work. Choosing the windows and doors for your patio enclosure is much more than just selecting the ones that look good in the catalog or the showroom.
Choosing Windows and Doors Based on Sun Exposure
Which side of the house is this newly enclosed patio located on? Is it the side where it will be in the sun most of the day? Are there trees above the patio that will shade it? What time of year will it get the most sun exposure?
These are the kinds of questions that you have to ask yourself. The answers to these questions will help determine the type of windows and doors you will want to consider for this enclosed patio.
Enclosed patios that are mostly in the sun during the summer months are going to get very hot during the day and possibly very cold in the winter. To help control the temperature in these enclosed patios and not send your power bill soaring through the roof, energy-efficient windows and doors are going to be your best choice.
Choosing Windows and Doors to Match
Choosing windows and doors in a showroom because you like the look of them doesn’t guarantee that they are going to go well with the look of your home. For example, an old Victorian home will look better with a door for the enclosed patio that has more artistry included in it. A plain, silver screen door will still do the job; but will you really be happy with how it looks later on down the road?
On the other hand, this same simple screen door may look very much in place with a simple house. Whereas using a fancy patio door may make it just “stand out like a sore thumb” on the outside of the home.
The same goes for the windows, pick the windows that will match the current look and architecture of the home. To have something to work with while you are picking out the windows and doors, take pictures of the outside of your home to take with you when you make your decision.
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