If you have patio doors in your home, you understand what a huge benefit they can be to your home. The most noticeable is all the natural sunlight it lets into your living space. But there is also the benefit of opening up the doors and letting that fresh air flow throughout. However, we want to help you take your patio doors to the next level. We’ve got 2 DIY projects you can knock out in a couple hours that will make you fall in love with your patio doors all over again.
Upgrade to Blinds Between Glass
One nuance for patio doors is the lack of privacy built in. Since it’s typically a clear glass, anyone can just peak into your home through the back doors. This is an issue especially if you have neighbors behind your house or you’re backed against another street. The most common solution was to install blinds onto the doors, but this is less than desirable.
Blinds installed onto your door come with a lot of issues:
- They slam against your door, making a loud smacking noise, every time you open or close the door.
- The slamming damages the blinds, causing them to break and in need of repair.
- The slamming also ruins the cosmetics of your door by scratching and denting the surface.
- The strings that control the blinds get tangled up, hard to operate, and of course are a hazard to pets and children.
- Dust settles on the blinds which is extremely difficult to clean off, making the blinds look old and dated.
Luckily, there is a solution. Enclosed Blinds is a glass insert that you put into your door that has the blinds inside of the glass panels. The blinds are sandwiched in-betwen the glass, which means you just eliminated all the nuances listed about traditional door blinds. Since the blinds are sealed inside the glass, they are no longer slamming against your door, shades breaking, or getting dusty over time. The blinds are operated by a magnetic catch on the glass, which eliminates the hassle of long tangled strings to try and control the blinds.
To install Enclosed Blinds, all you have to do is pop your old patio door glass out of the doors and slip the new glass inserts into place. The glass is held onto the door via a handful of screws, which means it only takes a couple minutes to completely swap out each glass insert. In less than an hour, you’re have patio door with blinds between glass!
If you’re not feeling confident about installing the new glass, checkout our installation services to see if an installer is in your area to give you a hand.
Install a Retractable Screen
Opening up your patio doors for the fresh air also means opening it up to bugs and other unwanted guests. That’s why it’s almost necessary to have some type of screen door on your patio doors. Some choose to go with the standard swing open screen doors, but these also come with their own set of nuances that are not appealing to homeowners. Instead, we recommend checking out a retractable screen door for your patio doors.
Retractable screens are screen doors that are there to keep out the pests when you need it, but completely out of the way and out of sight when you don’t. The screen itself retracts into a housing unit on the side of the entrance which completely gets rid of any barrier for walking through your entrance. But once you are ready, you simply pull the screen back out and lock it into place. To show you how it all works, we’ve included an extremely in-depth overview with our certified retractable screen technician, Killian.
The Brisa Retractable Screens take less than 30 minutes to install on any entryway, including for patio doors.
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