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3 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing New Patio Doors


One of the most important aspects of your house is the backyard. It's where you play sports with your children, cook a delicious meal on the barbecue, play with sparklers on holidays, and enjoy your summer morning iced coffee. You might even have spent a small fortune getting the perfect patio furniture so you can truly enjoy your backyard.

Now the time has come to replace your patio doors. Maybe the locking mechanism has finally given out after several years of wear and tear. Maybe you've decided it's time for a new look, starting with your patio doors. Or maybe you've realized that your old patio doors aren't sealing properly and happen to be costing you thousands of dollars a year on your energy bills.

Whatever the reason, make sure you don't rush into a purchasing decision. New patio doors should be an informed decision. If you're looking into getting a new set of patio doors, make sure you ask the following questions before you purchase:

1. Sliding Patio Doors or French Patio Doors?

Before you call your chosen door replacement company, make sure you know the difference between sliding patio doors and French patio doors. Sliding patio doors are the kind you're probably more accustomed to seeing, whereas French patio doors more closely resemble front doors and come in many different styles. Each style of door is best suited to a specific type of home. If you're having trouble making a decision, ask a professional for advice. With years of experience replacing doors in different homes, they've learned what looks good in every style of house.

 

2. How good is the locking mechanism?

Your patio doors should do a few different things. They should allow sunlight into your home, give you an easy way into your backyard, protect you from unpleasant weather, and keep your home safe from theft and breakins. That means your patio doors should come equipped with the best locks available. Make sure you ask about the locking mechanisms on your new patio doors before you actually purchase them. You don't want to become an easy target.

 

3. Are they energy efficient?

This is extremely important when you're looking at replacement patio doors for a Winnipeg home. While most of the world thinks Canada has cold winters, most of Canada thinks Winnipeg has extremely cold ones. Every year the winter seems to get colder, and every year the cost of keeping your home warm goes up. Energy efficient patio doors can lead to significant savings on your electricity bill while also keeping your home comfortable. Any reputable door replacement company can tell you about the steps they take to make sure all their products are energy efficient. If you see the Energy Star Certification, odds are you've found a proper company to replace your patio doors.

 

Choosing a great set of patio doors doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many different styles to choose from, each one with its own advantages and disadvantages. There are also many different window and door replacement companies to choose from in Winnipeg, which can make the decision that much more complicated.

 

By asking these questions and listening carefully to the answers you're given you can make sure you choose a reputable door replacement company and the best product available for your home. Any reputable company will be willing to answer all your questions, so don't be afraid to ask. And if one company won't answer, don't worry—there are several other companies to choose from.

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Sanjay Tamang
3 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a month ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
3 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
5 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
4 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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