Some types of patio doors can be more expensive than others. The more stately swinging french doors, for instance, generally tend to be slightly more expensive than their modern sliding cousins. Read on for more information about the potential costs of installing a set of new french patio doors.
General Prices for a French Patio Door
Since a simple and space-efficient sliding patio door typically has fewer working parts and is consequently easier to engineer and build, a sliding patio door starts around $300 to $500 for the basic structure. For swinging french doors, since there is simply more to work with, homeowners should anticipate prices between $400 and $700. With installation costs, both generally cost an additional $200 to $300, regardless of patio door type. Aluminum or fiberglass-clad french patio doors constructed with a reinforced doorframe, laminated windows, and other added features, however, can range anywhere between $2,000 to $10,000 with installation.
For a complete system including a pre-hung patio door in its frame, hinges, locksets, sidelights, and weatherstripping, sliding and french patio doors price generally falls somewhere between $2,000 to $4,000.
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Added Features for French Patio Doors
Contractors and manufacturers are available to help design a unique set of french or sliding patio doors to fit each and every customer. Common components to a patio door often include laminated window treatments, decorative glass side panels, and other stylistic embellishments. Additionally, because glass is more vulnerable than other building materials, many manufacturers also offer options like draft-blocking thresholds and multi-point locking systems to maximize home efficiency and security.
Since both swinging and sliding french doors are dominated by glass, this is a large part of french patio doors' cost. Homeowners can choose to install sidelights (window panels on either side of the door) or a transom (window panels above the door). Depending on if the complexity, thickness, amount of glass, and if the panes have been laminated, these upgrades have the potential to cost an extra $600 to $3000 or more.
Energy Efficiency and Tax Credits
Many manufacturers can offer patio doors with built-in weatherstripping for an air-tight seal, as well as upgrades like low-E glass to minimize the amount of UV and infrared light that is able to pass through. With other additions like laminated and double-paned glass included, a patio door's R-value (i.e. thermal resistance) can increase from R-1 for a standard french patio door to as high as R-5 or higher. Additionally, homeowners should keep in mind that swinging french doors create a much tighter and more energy-efficient seal than their sliding counterparts.
Summary: An Affordable Choice
Homeowners can design french doors to both efficiently and economically match any style and budget. Homeowners should consult with a contractor to find their ideal patio door price. Get started with HomeAdvancement’s easy links to find a set of french patio doors for your home today.