Hardware is one of the most important design elements of any glazed patio door. It contributes to the strength of the unit, helps reduce the upkeep and makes a difference in aesthetics. Sadly, it’s often overlooked. While it’s not considered a major component, unlike the glass and the frame, you can’t afford to pick the wrong hardware to keep your patio door system from failing early.
To choose the right hardware for your replacement doors, Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico shares some practical tips:
Think Safety First
The lockset of an exterior door system is vital to the impregnability of your entryway. It has to be sophisticated enough to prevent anyone from easily picking it. It should also be durable enough to withstand the test of time.
Door systems feature different locks. By and large, hinged French doors are more secure because they come with a multiple-point locking mechanism. Although gliding units are notorious for poor security, modern products are equipped with an innovative lock. An excellent case in point is the unique Andersen reach-out locking system found in our sliding doors.
Be Particular With the Finish
The hardware finish can tie together your patio door with the rest of your space for uniformity. A good rule of thumb is to choose something that matches that existing décor of your room. In most cases, mismatched hardware finishes are noticeable, and could impact the look of your home to some extent.
Trends come and go, but bronze hardware is always going to be fashionable. To give each side of your patio door its own personality, we let you pick different styles and finishes for the inside and the outside.
Place a Premium on Low Maintenance
In addition to focusing on aesthetics, invest in low-maintenance hardware to reduce the time and money spent on swinging or sliding patio door upkeep. To enjoy excellent protection against tarnish and corrosion, we recommend any of our Estate™ hardware brass, nickel and chrome finishes. Each of them features a special coating that seals the desired finish for years.
Hardware is only one of the many customizable details of Renewal by Andersen of New Mexico’s patio door systems. Call us at (505) 312-6577 today to schedule your FREE consultation and estimate in Albuquerque, NM, and let’s talk about your patio door replacement needs.