A frequent request from BM Windows customers during in-home consultations is to replace an existing window with a sliding patio door or French doors. Understandably, many of our customers want to take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather, but older San Diego homes were not always designed with today’s indoor-outdoor living preferences in mind.
It is ideal if your home has a large window where you want to add a replacement patio door. Working with a licensed contractor, the installation team can do what we call a “cut down,” which is basically removing the existing window and cutting straight down to remove the wall below without widening the opening at all. Doing this allows us to use the existing framing without having to do a large amount of construction work before installing your replacement doors. This saves you money and allows the work to be done much more quickly.
If the existing window is wider than the French doors you want to install, we can always add sidelites on the sides of the doors to fill the entire space. By doing this, you don’t have to pay extra to have your interior or exterior walls repaired to fill the gap.
If you want to install French doors or sliding patio doors that are wider than your existing window, it can still be done, of course. It just may involve bringing in a general contractor to add a new header to span the wider opening and/or move any pipes or wiring to make room for the replacement doors.
When someone from BM Windows comes to your home for your free, in-home consultation, they are happy to take a look at the area in which you want to add a replacement patio door and make suggestions as to what will look the best, meet your needs, and be the most cost-effective solution for your home. We are patio door experts and have been working with San Diego customers for many years to help them make their homes into more enjoyable places to live by opening their homes to the outdoors.
Contact us at BM Windows today, and schedule a time for someone from our friendly, knowledgeable team to come and give you an estimate to add French doors or sliding patio doors to your home. Our high quality, energy-efficient products are great for any San Diego home.