Shopping for doors should be an exciting experience! These days, there are so many different doors to choose from, including everything from vinyl and wood doors to fiberglass and aluminum doors. You’ll love looking at all your different options and picking out the ones that are right for your home.

We at SoCal Window Pros think of your home as ours. Honesty, integrity, and professionalism is our philosophy and we thoroughly enjoy replacing your windows. That is why we make the process of buying windows through us stress-free and easy. We hope to build relationships with customers that will nourish your family as well as our own.

Things to Consider

1. Budget

As a family owned and operated company, we understand that house remodels can get expensive. That is why we strive to give our customers the best deals that we can. We also offer financing to accommodate the financial needs of our customers.

2. Energy Efficiency

Patio Doors don’t just let you walk in and out of your home. They also let hot and cool air in & out, potentially driving up your energy bills and creating unnecessary waste. With every choice you make in your patio door installation journey, you weigh various other factors against energy loss.

Fortunately, technology has come a long way in recent decades, offering a wider range of safe, stylish, and energy-efficient door options. Energy efficiency is also an important consideration as you set your budget, since there are many features you might include that could add to the initial sticker price. But ultimately, they save you money by reducing your energy bill.

There are two key measures to understand when comparing different doors’ energy efficiency:

U-Factor: The U-Factor indicates the thermal conductivity of your doors. In other words, it indicates how much hot air escapes the feature when it’s cold outside and vice-versa. The scale generally ranges from 0.2 to 1.25: the lower the number, the better the door insulates your home.

Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC): SHGC quantifies the amount of solar energy the door lets in. You may want a higher SHGC if you’re more concerned about allowing the sun to heat up your home in the winter, and a lower one if maintaining cool indoor temperatures in a hot climate is the priority. 

3. Frame Material

Door frames come in a range of different materials, each offering advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost, maintenance, appearance, and insulation. The most common choices include: 

Vinyl: Low-cost and highly durable. Vinyl doors have become increasingly popular in Southern California for their sleek look and ability to save costs on energy bills.

Wood: Provides a classic, easy-to-customize look, and the best possible energy efficiency, but they demand more upkeep than many other options

Aluminum: Inexpensive and highly durable, but rated worst in terms of energy efficiency 

Fiberglass: Combining durability, strong insulation, and a wide variety of style options, fiberglass frames have a lot to recommend them, but they come with a high price tag

4. Glazing

For each door you install or replace, you need to decide how many panes of glass you want included. Though single-pane is an option, such doors are increasingly unpopular because they shatter easily and let heat escape easily. Double-pane doors are the standard choice. They provide energy efficiency and comfort not only through the extra pane, but with the gas that usually fills the gap between the two, which offers additional insulation.

If you have trouble maintaining your home’s temperature, or you live in a particularly loud area, you can also spring for triple-pane glass.   

The choices don’t end there, however. You can opt for glass with low-emissivity (Low-E) coating, which allows light in while cutting down on heat conductivity, meaning less cold air escapes in the summer and less warm air in the winter. There are further glazing options for those most focused on limiting noise, people who want additionally in case of breakage, and other ways of customizing the glass’s appearance.

5. Design

There is a nearly endless array of distinct patio door styles to suit different functions and tastes if you opt for customized doors—but some of the most common include:

Sliding Patio Doors: Sliding patio doors are engineered to operate with ease and are sleek and less obtrusive than most designs available on the market today. Their heavy duty construction and hardware allow for even the largest size door to be opened with a little effort. The patio doors two-point lock system is made to withstand great force. In addition a personal touch can be achieved by ordering a decorative glass, grid pattern or color, or a pet door— available in different sizes for all door styles.

French Sliding Doors: French sliding patio doors combined the traditional style of the French door with the space saving convenience of a sliding patio door. French patio doors are built with wider door frames than the standard patio door frame, providing both a strong performance and a luxurious appeal. An enhanced look and style can be achieved by opting for a diffused glass, selecting from several grid patterns and/or adding a custom color. Further, a custom size pet door can be added while keeping the luxurious look of the door!

French Swinging Doors: French swing doors are the ultimate in luxury and appeal. Several combinations and designs to complement any design vision are available including the doors that swing in or out, single or double doors and active or fixed side lights. Locks with a three point locking system are included to secure both the top and the bottom of the frame. The standard handle finish is white enamel. Other options are available upon request.

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