One of the most common job requests that we receive is to replace an existing window with a door to the exterior of the home.  There are a variety of reasons that homeowners look to do this project including access to an outdoor living space, access to a new deck or flat roof area, creating more light for the interior of the home, or provide better view to a scenic area or to a pool or play area where they can keep an eye on their kids. There are plenty of beautiful outdoors we want to see in Southern California.

Whatever your reason, we can help you with expert construction, permitting, and door options that match your style and budget.

Open Your Home to the Outdoors

Some of the projects are from a window to a single door and others are to increase the opening to accommodate French doors, a single door with sidelights, or a sliding patio door.  There are multiple doors to choose from to create access to the outside and ReHome Solutions can provide you with solutions that best fit your needs. Converting a window to an exterior door can offer beauty and increased value to a home.

Exterior Door Options

When looking at door options, consider both the inside and outside area around the door. Consider the swing of the door: do you want it to open to the outside or to the inside? Would a patio slider work better for the space? Consider screening for the door. Not all door systems offer screening and your idea of bringing the outdoors in may not mean bringing in unwelcome critters.  What are you trying to accomplish with that new door? Simple access, increasing the view, or do you want to make a design statement for both the indoor or outdoor living space? There are all types of styles for single doors with glass, French doors, single or multi-panel sliders, accordion-type sliders or even full glass wall systems.

When considering changing out your window to a door system there are several things to keep in mind when undertaking this job.  Is there electrical or plumbing that will need to be moved? If you are looking to widen the space, be aware that there may structural changes such as replacing the header or adding bracing or support framing that will need to be done to protect the integrity of the home. Will a step or deck need to be built on the outside? Will the new door require a roof overhang to protect the door?

Converting a Window to an Exterior Door

Depending on how large you want to make the opening, it may require an engineer or architect to look at the project. There may even be building limitations on the property that will influence what you can do.  Most certainly, permitting and inspections will be required.

In general, costs can start around $2500 but as mentioned above, the size and type of door plus general construction work, electrical or plumbing, permitting and inspections will add on to this amount.  Keep in mind that replacing a window with a new exterior door can also bring beauty to your home and increase your property value.

From Los Angeles and Orange Counties to Riverside and San Bernardino, ReHome Solutions can assist you with all types of doors, all the construction work required, permits and any inspections necessary. So, if you’re looking to bring the outdoors in and to add value to your home, give us a call at 888-568-8668.

Have you been considering a patio door replacement? Maybe you have some old French doors that have had better days. Maybe you’ve got a patio sliding door that doesn’t quite slide well. In this blog we will be giving you an overview of things to consider when deciding to replace your old patio door.

Patio Doors – A Gateway to an Extended Living Space

In many homes, the patio door is more that just an exterior door to the backyard, it is often the entry into your extended living space.  Is your patio area a place that you use often for relaxation or entertaining? Is there a scenic view or pool area that you’d like to have more visibility? How you use and style your patio and back yard area should be considered when choosing to either replace an existing door or upgrading to something new.

Your Patio Door – Is it Time to Replace?

The age of the door is probably the main reason to think about replacing it.  Over time, moisture, heat, and repeated use take their toll on the look and function of exterior doors. There are many benefits to replacing that old dinosaur of a door including energy efficiency, safety and appearance.

Sliding doors are probably the most common exterior door replacement. In Southern California, many older homes have old aluminum sliders.  As these doors age the aluminum begins to corrode and pit and the weather seals go bad. They become drafty and leaks occur.

The most common complaint of these doors is that they are too heavy and are difficult to roll open. Over time, the rollers at the bottom wear out and can no longer be repaired.

Older patio doors may also have single pane glass which is not very energy efficient. This glass is likely not safety or tempered glass which means the glass can break into shards that can be very dangerous.

Styles of Patio Doors

Do you want to open the doorway to more visibility or down size the door to create more wall space in your home? Do you want something with grid patterns in the door? Do you want a different type of door than what you have? What is your budget that you can work with? Are you looking for function, style or both?

Exterior patio doors come in a variety of styles and colors. You can replace with an updated slider, French doors, single door with sidelights, bi-fold doors, stackable sliders. They come in vinyl, wood, fiberglass and aluminum. Patio sliders can run from $1900 to up to $19,000 depending on type of door and construction that may be required.

Vinyl Sliding Glass Door – Replacing your existing slider with a vinyl slider is likely the least expensive and easiest replacement. A same sized retro fit slider can usually be replaced in a single day.  New vinyl sliders are also lighter and offer stainless steel rollers that last much longer. A stackable vinyl slider offers multiple sliding panels and can be used if you want to open the view.

French Doors – The fact that they can swing out makes them very popular. Keep in mind that if you are looking to replace an existing slider with French doors you will lose living space to accommodate the swing of the door.  Building in the wall may be required to fit the new sized door.  These can be purchased with or without grids and some can be purchased with blinds. French doors will take a bit more out of the pocket book especially when a build-in of the wall is necessary.

Bi-fold Patio Doors – Bi-fold patio doors can really bring the outdoors in, expand your living space and create drama. Going into this project, know that building out the wall or building in additional support may be required and you may lose wall space.  The size and added construction that come with these doors will reflect in the cost.

Benefits of Patio Door Replacement

No matter the style that you choose, patio door replacement can add value to your home environment.

  • Energy Efficiency: New doors offer Low E glass and double or triple pane glass creating more comfort in your home.
  • Safety: Locking systems on newer doors are more secure and glass is tempered.
  • Beauty: Styles and colors available can enhance the look of your home.
  • Easy Repairs: Most doors offer easy replacement glass packs or handle sets if they need replacement
  • Warranties: Warranties are available for 20 years for both glass and vinyl on many door systems

ReHome Solutions offers all types of patio door replacements. Contact us for information on your patio door project.

The Benefits of an Excellent Door System

 

Your door system is the silent gatekeeper to your home or business. It is the deciding factor in how much air enters or leaves your home. It is the guard that keeps you safe from burglars and robbers at all times of the day. And when it comes to your wallet, it is one of the forgotten factors when determining the reason for your rising energy costs.

 

Many people overlook the importance of a quality door system. There are two things that are directly affected by your choice of a door: the energy efficiency of your home and the security of your home. With Rehome Solutions, you will have the freedom to select the door you want while meeting both of the above-mentioned features. Whether you want to replace your exterior doors, sliding doors, add french doors, or design a custom door, Rehome Solutions has the team to ensure that you install the right door for your home.

 

Doors Meeting Energy Efficiency

 

The wearing of your door’s weatherstripping is one of the most common ways your home can become energy inefficient. Weatherstripping is installed along all four sides of the door and keeps environmental hazards out while regulating the interior climate of your home. You have several options to repair this part of your door which include adhesive foam, felt, and interlocking metal stripping.

However, you might need to do more than just replace your weatherstripping. Over time, houses can shift and settle causing your door to get out of alignment. The best way to fix this is to start by cleaning the hinges. You can then clean any dirt buildup up that has occurred along the door’s edges. If the problem still persists, it might be time to invest in a new door.

Your door is the first line of defense when it comes to energy waste. It is estimated that twenty-five percent of heat loss comes from your home’s windows and doors. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy efficient doors on the market. Because they are poorly insulated compared to other doors, sliding glass patio doors lose more radiant heat and can raise your energy spending significantly.

Most modern glass doors have features like thermal breaks, coatings that reduce the loss of heat , and/or low-conductivity gasses between the glass panes–these features help to improve energy efficiency. Windows and doors with energy-efficient features like these are the best investment. However, if you want a door to function at a heightened level of anti-energy waste, swinging doors offer a tighter seal than sliding doors. This allows you to keep the air inside your home more effectively and reduce the loss of cool or hot air through your doors.

 

Easy Applications of Modern Door Security

 

There are many ways to improve the security of your doors. One of the easiest ways to reinforce your doors is to replace your deadbolt strike plate with a box strike model. You can also add additional reinforcement to the door frame to prevent a brute force entry into your home. There are only a few inches of wood securing the box plate, and your door will eventually break with enough force applied. But adding a strip of metal can make this more difficult for potential burglars. Rehome Solutions can make sure that your door is installed properly with its security features to ensure the safety of your home.

In most cases, your best option is to upgrade your door altogether. If exterior doors are hollow core, these are more vulnerable to break-ins. By replacing these with solid wood or metal, you can heighten your security to make sure your home is safe from burglary.

Whether you are trying to replace your doors at home or at your place of business, Rehome Solutions will make sure that you  needs are met. Upgrading your door can save you money on utility bills and make sure that everything behind the door of your home or business is protected. Invest in your doors now, and start realizing the benefits of energy efficiency and improved security.