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Patio Sliding Door All Fogged Up

Posted on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

What do you do with a large patio door that the sliding doors are all fogged up?  Over the years, the insides of the glass panes have become so cloudy that you can’t see through them!  It’s embarrassing to have your friend and family over.  Quite frankly, it looks like you didn’t clean your patio doors for years!

Foggy Sliding Patio Door 

The solution?  Transform your patio door into a statement!  This family in Ohio, decided that not only was the old patio sliding door an eye sore, it was also in the way of their interior space.  The sliding patio door unit, which was a large 9 foot patio door, consumed a big portion of their wall space and restricted the furniture layout of the room.  The patio door needed to go.

Inside Sliding Patio Door

The process of transformation included removing the patio door and building up the opening to accommodate new casement windows.  The homeowner picked beautiful casement windows with white grids for a clean and classic look.  The casement windows are a great improvement not only in look, but in energy efficiency.

Casement windows, according to energy.gov, have lower air leakage rates than others because of how they operate, which will improve your home's energy efficiency. Casement windows are hinged at the side and they generally have lower air leakage rates than sliding windows because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.

Casement Windows

No longer a cloudy distorted view, the homeowners can see clearly out their new casement windows, the view has dramatically improved.  On the interior, the room has a wonderful new feeling, almost as if it is a new room.  The homeowners have been able to utilize that wall space to place their furniture and rearrange the room to their liking.

On the outside, it is if the windows always should have been there.  The wide white trim around the windows and the stone work knee wall below, make this transformation spectacular.


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Tags: Energy Efficiency, Casement Window, Sliding patio doors, Window Grids