Patio doors add beauty, natural light and accessibility to any home. The right patio doors can also help improve your home’s energy efficiency. As one of the trusted patio door and window companies in Colorado Springs, Renewal by Andersen® of Denver shares the qualities of energy-efficient patio doors.
Glass is a naturally conductive substance, which means installing traditional patio doors can have the opposite effect on your home. Single-pane glass allows thermal transfer, which causes heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. This will result in increased heating and cooling requirements, leading to higher utility bills.
Insulated glass doesn’t have conventional insulation like foam or fiberglass. Rather, it consists of two glass panes separated by an insulated spacer. The sealed airspace between the glass panes functions as the insulating layer, and can be optionally filled with insulating gases. This has proven to be so effective that our patio doors, along with replacement windows, come with dual pane High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass as standard equipment.
Frames and Sashes
Patio doors need to have insulated frames that match the glass. This is why we chose the best materials and types of insulation based on the patio door type. Our traditional French doors feature natural wood panels, while our Frenchwood® patio doors feature a glass fiber reinforced exterior. Comparatively, our Perma-Shield® gliding patio doors feature a vinyl sheath over the wood panels for protection. These components are designed for superior insulation, and are designed for long-term performance.
Heat from the sun comes from infrared radiation, which means it can easily pass through any kind of transparent object, including insulated glass. Low emissivity (Low E) coatings is a type of glass coating that selectively blocks invisible forms of light such as UV and infrared, while letting through much of the visible light spectrum through. What you get is lots of natural lighting without the unwanted heat.
No matter how energy-efficient your new patio doors are, they still need to be installed properly. Common installation mistakes such as gaps in the insulation and improperly-leveled frames defeat its features, including energy efficiency. This is why our installers undergo training and certification before they get to install their first patio door or window. We’re confident of their abilities that we back their work with a 2-year limited warranty.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver is your leading provider of patio doors and replacement windows. Give us a call at (303) 968-3287 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO.