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3 Essentials that Make Patio Doors Energy-Efficient

When investing in new patio doors, it’s not enough to just focus on their aesthetics and durability. You’ll need to take their energy efficiency into account, as well. One easy way to know you’re choosing energy-efficient doors is by looking for the white-and-blue ENERGY STAR® label on them. This means the patio door unit has met the stringent energy performance ratings set by this program. But what exactly makes an ENERGY STAR qualified patio door efficient? A Cut Above Exteriors, premier expert in door and roofing services, shares some of them here.



1. U-Factor. This measures how well your patio doors conduct non-solar heat flow. Patio doors with a lower U-Factor have greater insulating value. This means they are better at resisting heat flow, allowing for greater thermal comfort. You’ll want to pay attention to your door unit’s U-factor to help prevent excessive energy consumption in your home.


2. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). The SHGC rates the way your new patio doors prevent unwanted heat gain from sunlight. The lower the SHGC, the less solar heat your door transmits throughout your home. A patio door with low SHGC is especially handy in summer because it can effectively keep your home cooler and more comfortable. A Cut Above Exteriors, the area’s trusted door and roofing company, offers high-quality patio doors with advanced glazing technology. They help increase your home’s access to natural light–minus the heat gain–while reducing your cooling loads. 


3. R-Value. The R-Value measures how well your new patio doors prevents heat from escaping your home. This will depend on the type of material used for your door unit. At A Cut Above Exteriors, our wide selection of patio doors comes in either wood or exclusive Fibrex® composite from Renewal by Andersen®. Both can withstand the harshest weather conditions and keep durable, airtight seals that prevent significant energy loss.


Aside from serving as your roof repair contractor, A Cut Above Exteriors can also work on your patio door replacement. Combining superior craftsmanship, powerful functionality, and energy performance, our exceptional options ensure your home remains lovely, comfortable, and energy-efficient all year round. We proudly serve Portland, OR and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (503) 334-0733 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.

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