Sometimes, home remodeling takes a little bit of thinking outside the box. For instance, why spring for new patio doors when you’ve got perfectly usable windows lying around after the remodel? Converting windows to doors can be a little challenging, but the results pretty much speak for themselves. Of course, this custom job isn’t just for any homeowner, regardless of how enthusiastic you feel about DIY projects.

Watch the Walls

Some window types are more suited to be converted into a door. For example, if you’re thinking about building an attached deck, there are only a few window styles that could be practically converted without spending too much or sacrificing too much of the original material. Once you do, however, you’ll need to make sure that the walls and the windows can accommodate the dimensions of the new door.

Be Prepared

While window conversions require some pretty advanced handiness skills, they are not impossible to complete. Of course, it’s still best to entrust the job to professionals who know what they’re doing and have the right tools and equipment for it. Should you choose to pursue the project yourself, however, you’ll have to prepare for the possibility that you might end up destroying the window in the process.

The Best Window Types

Depending on the size, sliding windows are perhaps the best type of windows to be converted into sliding glass doors. The original operation is preserved, and the only thing you have to worry about is resizing the frame and trims.

At Renewal By Andersen® of Western New York, we are your leading provider of custom specialty windows and doors. Give us a call, or fill out our contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation and get a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Rochester and Pittsford, NY.