In a previous post, we listed the 6 updates which could give your home a luxury look. Included in the list are open floor plans, creative light fixtures, new knobs and handles, window treatments, landscaping, and modern wallpaper.
But there’s another home upgrade you can add to the list – patio doors. Aside from improving the curb appeal of your home, patio doors also maximize the use of your outdoor space. Best of all, they come in different types to suit different tastes.
Now, most homeowners prefer sliding glass doors because of their versatility. They work with a wide range of house styles. And they don’t take up extra space like folding or swinging patio doors do.
Of course, there are a number of factors that could affect how much you’ll spend on your new or replacement sliding glass doors. We’ll take a look at those factors so you can plan for your new sliding patio doors accordingly.
What Are the Best Sliding Glass Doors?
To be honest, the best sliding glass doors will depend on your preferences. Are you after aesthetics? Energy efficiency?
Durability? A sliding glass door which has all those qualities will cost more. Now, this doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice one for the other if you’re sticking to a budget.
It’s a matter of finding the right manufacturer and the models they offer. What you need to understand is a basic sliding glass door will be around $300 to $1,000. You should also expect to pay more if you get sliding patio doors that are pre-hung.
Other factors which drive up the cost of sliding glass doors include impact-resistant glass, length of warranty, energy efficient insulation, material (wood, vinyl, aluminum), to mention a few.
Installation Costs: New vs. Replacement Sliding Glass Doors
Getting new sliding glass doors will cost you more compared to replacing old ones. That’s because new doors mean hiring a contractor and making sure this new addition will be up to code.
With replacement sliding glass doors, you don’t need to worry about that as the structural work is already in place. Although you may need to secure permits if you’re looking to alter the framing. This is just to make sure there will be no safety issues such as ventilation problems.
Another thing to consider when it comes to the cost to install a sliding glass door is if you’re going to DIY or hire a pro. Just remember this is an intermediate-level project. If you’re keen on the DIY route, make sure your skills are up to par.
Keep in mind the doors are heavy so you’ll need a DIY buddy to help with the installation. It’s also best to not let children and pets near your work area to avoid any chance of injury from broken glass.
Ready to Start Your Sliding Glass Door Project?
Sliding glass doors are a wonderful addition to any home. And the great thing about them is there are budget-friendly options starting at $300.
Of course, you should expect to pay more for features such as energy-efficiency, length of warranty, hurricane-resistant glass, etc. You should also consider if this is a DIY job or something that’s better for a contractor to handle.
Whatever you decide, make sure to plan and budget accordingly so you don’t end up spending more than necessary.
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