When is it time to replace your patio door?

Is your patio door glass foggy?  Does your patio door leak when it rains? Is your patio door difficult to open and close?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it may be time to replace your patio door.

How much does a replacement patio door cost?

So, how much does a patio door cost exactly?

Home Advisor estimates the average cost to install any door is between $504 and $1334. They note that a standard interior door is less expensive to install than an exterior door, such as a patio door. Exterior doors tend to be heavier, which can make them harder to work with and increase the door installation price. In addition, exteriors doors need to have perfect insulation and edges to make sure that no drafts will get through and that safety is covered.

How much does a patio door cost?

If you’re considering replacing your patio door you’ll want to research the most cost-effective options. There are many factors that can affect the cost of a patio door. Perhaps you want to replace your existing sliding door with French doors. Or you’re looking for a new patio door color that will fit your home decor. Or maybe, you just want the most energy efficient patio door on the market. These factors, door style, custom options, energy efficiency, can all affect the cost of a patio door. So, when determining the cost of a patio door, it’s really up to you and your preferences.

Five factors that affect patio door cost.

1. Patio door styles

Which patio door style is right for your home? 

There are two main types of patio doors: swinging patio doors and sliding patio doors. Depending on where in your home you want to install your patio door, either patio door style could be right for you.

What’s the difference between swinging patio doors and sliding patio doors? 

Swinging patio doors, also called hinged patios doors, are hinged on either side and can open on the left, right, or in the center. There are two types of swinging patio doors: French patio doors and center hinged patio doors. French patio doors open from the center, while center hinged doors are hinged in the middle and open from the left or right.

French patio door with traditional grids.

French patio doors.

Sliding patio doors simply glide from left to right and can be opened from the left or right.

Sliding patio doors simply glide from left to right.

Sliding patio door.

The difference between patio door styles may be subtle, but how your door operates can make a big difference, so put some thought into how you want your patio door to function.

2. Patio door material

How much does a replacement patio door cost?

You’ll find a number of patio door material options, such as wood, vinyl, and fiberglass. All of these materials are available in various styles with a variety of features, but which one is right for your patio door? Here is an overview of the three most common patio door materials.

Wood patio doors

Wood patio doors have a traditional style and charm. However, wood patio doors can be expensive. And, because wood is a natural material, these doors require constant upkeep. Furthermore, moisture in the atmosphere can actually warp wood-based patio doors and extended exposure to sunlight and heat can cause the wood to fade.

Vinyl patio doors

Vinyl patio doors can be designed to mimic other patio door materials, like wood. In addition, vinyl patio doors are inexpensive, do not need much upkeep, and are extremely energy efficient.

Fiberglass patio doors

Fiberglass doors are made of a glass-based material. Like vinyl doors, fiberglass doors can be designed to mimic the look of wood. Similarly to vinyl, fiberglass patio doors are also energy efficient and require virtually no maintenance. The biggest difference between fiberglass doors and vinyl doors is that fiberglass tends to cost more.

3. Custom patio door upgrades

Upgraded security features, patio door treatments, and a patio screen door, can all affect the price of a patio door.

Patio door locks

Both sliding patio doors and swinging patio doors feature a locking system that tightly secures the door for increased safety. Keyed or non-keyed locks are available in a variety of hardware finishes, as well footbolts for added security.

Patio door blinds between the glass

Patio door blinds between the glass are a great option because they allow you to have privacy without pesky cords hanging down. A simple, single-hand operator opens, closes and tilts the blinds.

Patio door blinds between the glass.

Patio door hardware

Patio door hardware comes in a variety of styles and colors so you can match the hardware in the rest of your home.

Patio door hardware comes is a variety of finishes.

Patio screen door

Patio screen doors play an important role because they let the fresh air in and keep bugs out.

Unfortunately, sliding screen doors have had some common issues in the past; they get stuck or fall off their tracks. Simonton has fixed both of these issues with its new sliding screen door available with Inovo. Watch how this sliding screen door works below.

4. Energy efficient patio door options

Patio door glass packages have the greatest effect on your door’s energy efficiency. You may pay a little more for a great glass package up front, but you’ll save more in the long run. Here are some glass package options to keep in mind.

Low-E coatings

Low-E reflects infrared light keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. It can also help keep your carpets and furniture from fading.

Gas fill 

Either Argon or Krypton can be placed in between glass panes to provide greater insulation than regular air.

ENERGY STAR certified patio doors

ENERGY STAR is a government supported program that uses specific criteria to define what makes the most energy efficient patio doors. ENERGY STAR rates patio doors by measuring four different parts of the door: the glass, the gas, the spacer and the reinforcement. The combination of these factors influences the door’s U-value and solar heat gain, both of which are drivers for meeting the ENERGY STAR performance level.

5. Patio door installation

Patio door installation is just as important as the patio door itself. The average homeowner may replace a patio door only once in their lifetime, which is why you need to carefully consider the quality of the door and the level of experience of the contractor. If a patio door is installed incorrectly it won’t perform the way it should. That’s why we recommend using experienced, Simonton contractors who are established in our ProNetwork. Find a Simonton pro here.

Ready to replace your patio door? Take the first step.

Build your dream patio door with Simonton’s “My House” tool. “My House” allows you to organize the number of windows and patio doors you want by room. And after you’re done choosing the windows and doors you want, you can easily send your choices to your contractor, so they will know exactly what you’re looking for before they even see your house. Get started creating your ideal patio door here.