Seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces

Imagine seamlessly blending your indoor living space with the beauty of the outdoors. With sliding patio doors, you can achieve just that. These doors not only enhance your home’s aesthetic appeal but also offer many benefits that make them a good investment.

The are a few benefits of using sliding patio doors, and it’s worthwhile to carefully consider them before making the final purchase decision.

Sliding patio doors provide an unobstructed, panoramic view of your backyard or patio. You can enjoy the tranquility of nature from the comfort of your home, all while keeping an eye on outdoor activities for added safety. Their wide design ensures smooth traffic flow between your indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether hosting a family gathering or moving large furniture, these doors make it a breeze.

Many homeowners choose sliding patio doors for their energy efficiency and ability to significantly reduce noise surrounding the house. They’re designed to keep your indoor air temperature consistent, reducing heat loss in the winter and retaining cool air in the summer. This creates a comfortable living environment and contributes to lower energy bills – many studies show that reducing the overall heating costs in US houses is a growing trend that will last for years.

In essence, sliding patio doors are more than just doors. They’re a gateway to a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, offering a perfect blend of functionality, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. So, why not consider adding them to your home?

That’s all the basic knowledge you should know about patio doors and their relevance in modern homes. Now, let’s look at the sliding patio doors through the glass of wind resistance, thermal effectiveness, and features that impact everyday comfort.


Hurricane certification for patio door systems

At the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas, we got the chance to present OKNOPLAST’s modern window and door solutions that merge cutting-edge technology and design such as new HORIZON patio doors.

We received many questions about hurricane-resistant features of modern uPVC patio doors and aluminum solutions, and we want to elaborate on that subject. The important question is – should you consider buying hurricane-resistant patio doors?

Your home’s defense against the elements extends beyond just its walls. Windows and patio doors play a crucial role in safeguarding your sanctuary. When powerful winds rage and debris threatens to breach your space, the stakes become high. That’s why ensuring the resilience of your windows and patio doors in harsh weather conditions adds an invaluable layer of protection to your beloved home.

Certification is a crucial requirement in many regions in the USA, and a homeowner must check for those certifications when purchasing the desired system.

The main ones that you should know about are:

  • Florida Building Code (FBC)
  • Miami-Dade County Certification
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) certification

These are not just stamps on the specification. In many areas in US, those certifications are required by builders to maintain security and minimize the risk in dire situations. As a homeowner, look deeper into what makes hurricane-grade patio doors and windows resilient.

Choose patio doors or windows that will withstand even the biggest storm

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), past weather disasters up to 2022 generated a cumulative financial toll of $1 billion. Regions like Florida or Gulf and Atlantic coasts are especially endangered and marked as hurricane-prone regions.

Windows and patio doors can be a vulnerability or a defense countermeasure during a hurricane or extreme weather event. What separates hurricane-resistant windows is impact glass.

Our windows and patio doors are hurricane rated. The secret lies in highly resilient impact glass that is thoroughly tested and specially treated to be less likely to shatter or break loose from the window frame in the event of a hurricane or violent windstorm. Our windows are rated DP-90, which can withstand a category-five storm.

What makes patio doors thermal efficient?

Up to 30% of heat can escape just through the windows and patio doors. Tight windows & quality patio doors stop this process, allowing you to reduce energy bills significantly. As we discussed in our article about “Reducing Ecological Footprint” – airtightness and beneficial heat transfer in patio doors and energy-efficient windows are essential.

What most homeowners desire is simple: warm homes when the temperatures outside plummet, and cool air during the sweltering summer days.

Thick multi-layered glass, and tight seal, impact windows offer excellent energy efficiency, and for patio doors like unique systems OKNOPLAST Compact and Horizon can be reflected in U factor. The lower the value, the better heat transmission can be achieved.

Horizon line is a great system to be a test example. It not only combines stellar aesthetics but also is very energy-efficient. This is achieved through advanced glazing units with thicknesses of up to 2.13 inches and thermally-insulated profiles. As a result, the Horizon patio door could boast an impressive U-Factor: 0.18-0,28! With the highest level of tightness among other HST constructions, you can ensure that no wind or moisture will enter through these patio doors.

Emphasis on everyday comfort

When selecting patio door systems for your home, factors like weather resistance and energy efficiency are key considerations. However, let’s not forget about the everyday comfort of your family. While patio doors indeed offer a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, there’s more to enhanced comfort than meets the eye. If you had the chance to meet us at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas, you would have witnessed firsthand the Horizon and Compact sliding patio doors in action. In an enlightening video, our expert, Cody, delves into the numerous features that make these remarkable patio doors truly exceptional.

HST Horizon

With Horizon patio doors, ease of use is a top priority. Thanks to specialized GU fittings, operating the door sashes is a breeze. Whether you have kids or elderly family members, these doors provide quick access and seamless functionality. With a spacious leaf size of up to 70 ft², enjoy smooth sliding and secure locking to create the perfect opening for your patio space.

Many event visitors pointed out the warm threshold flush with the floor angled at just 3 degrees. You can always opt for a warm threshold with a height of 0 mm that will provide a barrier-free opening. This makes Horizon patio door systems a perfect solution for homeowners looking to improve their comfort.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want a scheduled consultation with one of our experts. We’ll help you get patio doors that will bring lower energy bills, higher security, and everyday comfort in the long run.

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