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What Makes a Good Patio Door?

Patio Door

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Climate Solutions 4-Section Patio Door with Black Exterior

Picking a Patio Door is never easy – many people have homes with doors that they have to fight to open and close.  Other common issues include failing locks and poor thermal performance.

In this article we highlight the five factors that you should take into consideration when looking for a new Patio Door.

1. Thermal Performance

The largest surface component of a Patio Door is the glass, which is also the biggest entryway for energy to escape from you home (or let the cold in).  Using Low-Emissivity glass is a must (find out more here) and it’s important to make sure you use the right material for the frames and sash.  As we’ve discussed before, Vinyl is the only choice.

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

Energy Star is an independent certification for excellent energy performance

The ideal door will have numerous chambers to help dissipate energy transfer and the glass should be held together with a non-metal spacer, preferably a foam spacer for optimum performance.

 

2. Ease of Use

Patio Doors are used more frequently than windows and as a result have enormous demands on the hardware.  A good patio door should be easy to open, requiring very little pressure to move the operating sashes.  Locks should engage when the door is closed, without having to jimmy them or struggling to line up.

Threshoild

An example of an anodized aluminum track, giving durability and consistent life-long performance

3. Hardware

A Patio Door is an entry point to your home – as a result it should have strong, durable and secure hardware.  Many doors will only have a single mortise lock, for ultimate security a double-mortise lock should be standard.

CS Double Mortise Lock

Here you can see the lock has two arms that engage to make a tamper-proof lock

The lock should be keyed from the outside and you should expect a foot-lock as standard, to give the option of worry-free ventilation.

4. Customization

You shouldn’t be fitting your home to a door, it should be the other way. This means fully custom sizes and finishes, whether it’s the exterior color, tinted glass or even integrated blinds.

CS blinds

Integrated blinds between the glass in a Patio Door

With blinds between the glass there shouldn’t be a compromise of functionality for thermal performance. There are now doors on the market which have blinds and soft-coat Low-E glass.

5. Structural Performance

A Patio-Door is a large unit that has a lot of structural functions.  It needs to be strong enough to work in the opening it’s put into, a minimum Design Pressure of 45 is favorable.

4 Section Patio Door

4-Section Patio Doors are naturally very big and need to be super-strong

To get the best structural performance at the manufacturing level it is essential that the door is made with a four-point welder in the frame, giving it rigidity and a perfect join.

We hope this article has been helpful, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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What To Look For When Choosing a New Door

How To Choose A Door

How to choose a door?  We have two series of doors that we manufacture at our headquarters in the Chicagoland area – the 9000 Series Sliding Doors and the 6000 Series Tilt & Turn Doors.  Both have their advantages as they are both absolutely tremendous pieces of kit which can add serious value to your home and comfort.

All of our doors are made from the highest quality virgin vinyl and they are also reinforced with steel for superior strength, giving a much higher Design Pressure (DP) rating, meaning they can be used for commercial projects as well as residential ones.

The 9000 Series Patio Door is perfect as an outlet into your yard or to a balcony area, letting in huge amounts of light and an operating mechanism so smooth and effortless it can be operated with just one finger.  This is down to the unique rollers which are composite materials, the monorail on which the door operates and the superior build quality of the sashes and the frames.

All Climate Solutions Windows & Doors come with multi-point locking systems – the Tilt & Turn Door is particularly secure and impenetrable.   The Tilt & Turn Door is an outstanding accomplishment of engineering and design – modern looking and multi-functional – it is a perfect substitution for a secondary entry door and gives the option of enormous venting windows with its tilt functionality.

Climate Solutions Windows & Doors

Climate Solutions Windows and Doors is based in Chicago, Illinois, servicing the whole of the Midwest with sales across the territory, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and further afield too.  Our reputation has been established by consistently delivering exceptionally high-quality vinyl doors and vinyl windows whilst providing unbelievably great customer service.

We are specialists in all things fenestration, be it custom vinyl windows of any style – Tilt & Turns, Casements, Hoppers, Double Hungs, Escape Windows, Sliders or even Awning Windows – but also customer doors.

When thinking how to choose a door we recommend going to the experts, Climate Solutions, where we will be able to assist you and advise the best options to suit your project and needs.  You can call our office and speak to a friendly adviser on 1-847-233-9800 or alternatively submit a contact form via our website .

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Convection Versus Drafty Windows

Why is it cold near my windows? Why are my windows drafty? These are just some of the questions that can be asked when you feel cold in your home and suspect your windows may be to blame. If you have purchased a vinyl window or vinyl door from Climate Solutions Windows and Doors then you are guaranteed a quality product.  Manufactured in Chicago, Illinois and sold all across the Midwest the brand of Climate Solutions has been built on impeccable quality but also super customer service.

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Tilt and Turn Doors by Climate Solutions

Tilt and Turn Doors by Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions has built a reputation and name on the highest quality products and superior service – our Tilt & Turn Vinyl Door is one of our proudest and greatest achievements.  The Tilt and Turn Doors are available in numerous configurations and are perfect for commercial projects as well as residential.

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Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors for Window Dealers

Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors for Window Dealers

Climate Solutions Windows and Doors specializes in custom vinyl windows and doors made to the exact specifications of our building professional clients, made specifically for door and window dealers. As a window supplier who directly sells to dealers, builders and architects exclusively it is our mission to provide our clients with the best customer service tools and products to succeed in the marketplace.

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Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors Building Professionals

Custom Vinyl Windows and Doors

Based out of Chicago, Building Professionals have been using Climate Solutions Custom Windows and Doors since the company started. We specialize in custom vinyl windows and doors, made to the exact specifications provided by our building professional clients, made only for window and door dealers.

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Blinds Between Glass Window and Door Feature

The Climate Solutions 9000 Series Patio Door and Tilt and Turn Series are available with the easy to use Blinds Between Glass Feature. For instant control of light, privacy and heat transfer choose the Blinds Between Glass feature on the 9000 Patio Door or any Tilt and Turn Window or Door.

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9000 Series Vinyl Patio Door by Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions has built a name and reputation on high quality products and superior service and our 9000 Series Vinyl Patio Door is one of our proudest accomplishments.

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