Shopping for Sliding Patio Doors: What You Need to Know

So you’re in the market for new patio doors, or upgrading, and have decided that “sliders” are the way to go. What next? Shopping for patios doors can be both exciting and confusing at the same time. There are many brands and models to choose from, and after visiting a few big-box stores or companies specializing in patio doors, many start to seem the same. Looks, however, can be deceiving since all sliding patio doors are not created equally. To help you better understand some of the differences and available options, we have put together the following list of things to keep in mind. Sliding Patio Doors - Deciding What’s Best! Here are some primary factors that should be taken into consideration as you begin the journey of selecting this new addition to your home, cottage, or business. 1. Climate A good starting point in the decision-making process is your climate. If you live in a temperate part of the world, this becomes less important. However, most of us don’t - so the weather will play a significant role. Modern patio doors, in general, are quite energy-efficient and will help keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Check for Energy Star ratings if your seasonal temperatures get very high, low, or both. If the doors you are considering don’t come with any type of classification, beware! Depending on the intensity of the sun in your area, the option of UV protective glass and materials will also make a big difference. Glass thicknesses of 1”, Low-E glass and Super Spacer technology are elements of higher-end doors...

4 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Patio Door

The lightly falling snow of winter can make for a beautiful outdoor scene, but when colder temperatures arrive the last thing you want is for that scene to make its way inside through your sliding glass door. Glass patio doors allow for outdoor views which are second to none, and because insulated glass (multiple panes) are good insulators of heat you can enjoy the view no matter the weather. Many of today’s modern patio doors – including Sunview’s – are manufactured using multiple panes of glass. However, in the depths of winter, even the highest quality patio door can struggle to retain heat when faced with bone-chilling temperatures as low as -30º C. In such cases, you’ll want to winterize your patio door, adding an extra layer of protection from the harsh outdoors. Winterize Your Patio Door Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of four simple ways to winterize your sliding glass door. Don’t get left out or in the cold this winter! Stick to this easy-to-follow guide and keep warm. consult your manufacturer prior to replacing/removing any weatherstripping on your doors 1. Clean the Track The first step you should take to winterize your patio door is to make sure the existing seals aren’t compromised. Every time a person passes through a sliding glass door, there is a possibility that dirt, small rocks or other particulates will land in the door track. Regardless of winterizing or not, throughout the year you should periodically clean out the track so that nothing obstructs or dislodges the door’s bottom seal. The easiest way to clean the door track is to vacuum...

Sliding Patio Door Security – The New Reality!

When selecting a new patio door, it’s important to find a product that not only looks good but also doesn’t compromise on security. After all, a patio door, like any exterior entrance, can be an attractive target for thieves. That’s why patio door security is such an important topic and should be a key consideration when buying or upgrading. Decades ago, as patio doors started to become a standard feature in backyards everywhere, there were several issues with security. The glass and materials used to build doors were not as strong as today, and standard locking systems back then were less effective. As well, specialized security options were still being developed. Sliding patio door security, in particular, was a challenge in years gone by. The glass could often be easily and quickly broken. Armed with a crowbar, forced entry was possible by lifting the panels out of the door, or breaking the locking mechanism. However, things have changed drastically since then. Over time, many enhancements have been made to deter would-be burglars from trying to break in through sliding patio doors. From kick locks that prevent panels from being lifted to security bars, to advanced multi-point locking systems, patio door manufacturers and their suppliers have figured out how to build rock-solid security into their products. Another development has been the use of laminated glass. This approach not only makes breaking the glass panels more difficult but also provide higher levels of thermal efficiency, energy savings, and reduced sound transmissions. According to law enforcement people we’ve spoken with, time and noise are two key factors that a would-be thief is...

A Brief Guide for Buying a New Patio Door

A patio door is not just any point of access in a home, it’s a special gateway to the great outdoors, such as your patio, pool, garden or balcony. Buying a patio door isn’t something you do every day, and the purchase needs to offer a combination of style, cost-effectiveness, and functionality in a single package. As simple as the buying process may seem, there are many variables to consider, all of which are important in selecting the best choice to meet your needs. Let’s explore some key areas to keep in mind when making your decision. Material Options Patio doors can be made from metal, wood, plastic, or a combination of these materials found in a new class of doors called hybrids. The right choice can greatly depend on the geographic location and the typical weather conditions in your area. Style preference and budget are also key factors in the equation. Vinyl: The majority of patio doors sold in North America are referred to as “vinyl” since they are made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. Vinyl doors are extremely durable and long-lasting which makes them a good return on the investment. This material is strong, resilient and easy to maintain. Plus, they are generally less expensive than doors made from other types of materials and vinyl offers superior energy efficiency. Aluminum: Aluminum-made doors are also prominent in the marketplace.  Although aluminum doors generally offer lower thermal performance then vinyl, they are often used in condominium and other commercial developments because of their strength and fire ratings.  Aluminum doors have also become popular since they are lighter than steel,...

Corner Key Technology Provides Unmatched Strength and Durability

Corner welds are often critical stress points when manufacturing premium patio doors. Corners are especially important considerations for heavier products in high-use environments. Therefore, to optimally reinforce its door corners, Sunview uses unique “Corner Key” technology imported from Italy. Since Sunview’s exclusive Corner Keys are custom-designed from high-grade aluminum, they will prevent doors from ever sagging or shifting. Sunview Corner Key Technology Sunview Corner Keys are engineered to exacting specifications. And, they are precisely aligned and securely tightened during the manufacturing process. This two-step attention to detail ensures 100% angle accuracy throughout the life of the product. As a result, doors with Corner Keys will have significanty improved durability and strength for decades. Also, since we use aluminum, there is very little weight added to the door. Monticelli is Sunview’s partner in the process. They are a world leader in the manufacturing of corner brackets and accessories for doors and windows. It is the only company which deals with corner joints from the designing stage to development. “Ortelles” is the name of the Corner Key built for Sunview, and they are the first aluminum corner joints engineered to fit perfectly within PVC profiles. Also, tightening two additional aluminum profiles into the central hollow after the traditional weld further strengthens the Corner Keys. The Corner Key is one of the many innovations incorporated into Sunview patio doors. It sits unseen inside each corner of Sunview’s Essex Swing Doors and  Muskoka Folding Glass Wall Systems. This unsung hero will keep these premium doors straight and true in all weather conditions and through constant use. Take a look at the video to see how the...

Why Home Security Should be a Priority When Remodelling

We’ve all put off an inconvenient task until it’s too late, but you don’t want that to be the case when it comes to securing your home. If you don’t take the opportunity to tackle home security during a remodel, you may never get around to it and could end up wishing you had. Instead, strike while the iron is hot. Home Improvement Leads explains why a renovation is a perfect opportunity to assess and incorporate extra security features for a safer home. Convenient Time to Consider Home Security Before you start a renovation, you and your contractor will both inspect and evaluate your home closely. This gives you a chance to assess any problem areas, such as jiggly locks on doors or windows, unlit outdoor areas, or blinds that don’t adequately obscure the interior. A remodel also gives you an opportunity to shop for new home furnishings, features, and appliances, which means you can keep security in mind while you browse products. If you have to buy new windows, doors, and lighting fixtures anyway, why not put home security at the forefront of your mind? Products Protecting Your Family are More Sophisticated than Ever The Sunview Essex series vinyl patio door is just one example of an advanced product designed with your family’s safety in mind. The secure five-point locking system comes standard, and the vinyl sash is reinforced with steel. Even standard Sunview doors come with optional lock upgrades, such as the Two Position Kick Lock, which functions as secondary reinforcement for your primary locking system. Windows and doors are prime break-in targets, so make sure you’re...