sliding patio doorsHome maintenance and remodeling can be one of the most exciting, and dreadful experiences, depending on how you approach it. If you go at it with a solid game plan and reasonable expectations, you’re probably going to be just fine. From replacement windows to new front doors, it’s important to find what fits your needs and preferences before you get started on a project to save yourself time, money, and aggravation.

One of the best improvements you can make on your home is creating a back deck/yard/porch environment. Desire for interior design has given way to that of exterior in many households over recent years. A little more than half of homeowners currently budget about $10,000 or more on their ongoing or upcoming outdoor projects where professionals are involved (56%).

Whether you’re relaxing alone or hosting a social event, you’re going to need a way to get to that outdoor escape. Here are a couple reasons to consider sliding patio doors.

  1. Convenience: Probably the biggest reason to have sliding patio doors is the simple convenience they provide. For starters, no one wants to have to worry about bumping into someone on their way in and out of a doorway. It also allows guests to venture in and out with ease if left open.
  2. Style and Design: For some reason the design of the sliding door seems to go perfect with a backyard patio/deck. The traditional hinge of a front door is more formal, whereas the sliding nature seems to fit more with the more low-key atmosphere found in the rear.
  3. Energy Efficiency: With all the improvements they’ve made in things like glass, fiberglass, and metallic coating it’s the perfect time to upgrade the energy efficiency of your home as well. Low-emissivity (low-E) glass, for example, reflects heat back to its source, keeping the house cool or warm, depending on the season. Some estimates put a return on investment of up to 70% for energy efficient windows and glass.

With the spring season right around the corner, the time to get started on your first project is now. Think about new sliding patio doors as a simple and practical first investment.