Patio door: I’m balancing options and need input, please
Good morning from often windy Colorado, 7000 ft zone 6b,
We are building a pretty good house with a north facing patio that has a 9ft expanse for a door. There will be a covered pergola with some sort of clear material above for protection. We are looking at double slider, lift and slide, French with side lites and trifold. The windows will be Alpen.
We are balancing
A. energy awareness, aka air leakage
B. ability to get as wide an opening, aka my husband wants to bring the outside in
C. lost space from the swing needed from French or trifold
We have looks at both fiberglass and aluminum. We have priced Nanawall at about 8500, milgard Ultra fiberglass double slider at 5000, Sierra Pacific aluminum double sliders at 4700. And drum roll please Sierra pacific lift and slide 15,000.
Obviously have already read pieces posted including Martins recent post related to this and q and a.
Not exactly sure our price point but 15,000 is too high. We like the slide as the space on either side of the opening is not large so no swing space is good. But air leakage seems to be an issue with the sliders.
Oh one more thing, the local window and door retailer is excellent and gets rave reviews for follow up, he sells milgard, Kolbe, Sierra pacific, and others, Nanawall and others are about 100 miles away.
Thanks in advance for your wisdom. Please keep in my, I am a home owner, not builder and know zip.
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