Have you ever wondered what your living room would be with French doors instead of your bay window? Do you want a comfortable indoor / outdoor space that is perfect for entertainment? Converting your window into a new door opening is easier than you think and this can be more economical than hitting a hole in your outside wall. However, there are several things that homeowners often forget and do not consider when budgeting for a window to door conversion.
1. Extra Light & Extra Heat.
If you replace your window with French doors or glass sliders, you essentially create a wider opening for the light to enter. Where there is more light, there will generally be more heat. This can be especially bad during the summer months and can cause your electricity bills to increase. If this is going to be a problem, it is important to distribute the doors with energy-efficient glass panels. These will usually cost more than your standard windows.
2. Change in your furniture arrangement.
Your favorite sofa could be right outside a window and located in the perfect. But if this window turns into a door, it will probably be moved. Before building, try to organize your furniture in a way that would make sense if this window was a door. You might be surprised to see how things happen!
3. Doors need blankets
You have already noticed that there is usually a porch at the door entrance, Entrance and a patio in the backyard for sliding doors? This is to protect your home from the outside elements. Doors are generally not sealed as tightly as the windows. You may notice that there is a small opening at the bottom of your doors. While it may seem waterproof, it is very easy for water to seep under the door during a rain storm. If the location where you plan to add a door does not have coverage, you may want to consider adding one. This can certainly increase unwanted costs for your window replacement project.
4. Floor Transitions
If you are in love with your new wood floors, we hope you have spare parts in the garage or attic. Since there will be a construction near the ground, there is a high probability that your soil will be damaged. In addition, you may want T-bands for a natural transition.
5. You need light switches.
There is no way around this one. According to the code, each door requires a 6-10 inch switch from the door leg. If you do not have one, this is a cost that you will need to include in your budget.