A Guide to Converting Windows to Patio Doors

Turning your windows into patio doors is one way of optimizing the flow of movement in your home. But there are a few things you should consider before greenlighting such a project. The windows contractors at Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento list the things you need to do and take into account below. 

Check With Your Local Building Authorities

First off, check if you’ll need a permit to convert your windows. If you need to remove your wall’s king studs or encounter electrical wiring, local authorities will most likely require a permit. 

Or you can just ask a project consultant or your contractor. They’ll tell you whether you need a permit or not. Keep in mind that you’re responsible for obtaining the permits, not the contractor or consultant. You shouldn’t worry too much, however. Unless the renovations are extensive, it’ll be fairly easy to obtain a permit. 

Hire a Contractor 

A contractor will then walk you through the conversion process. Here’s an overview: 

  1. Cutting out an opening – Your contractor will cut out part of your wall to create an opening large enough for patio doors. Most contractors can handle dry-wall, stucco, and siding. But only a few have the expertise to cut through concrete. 

  2. Reframing – The contractors will then reframe the new opening to make sure it can hold the door and prevent moisture from infiltrating your walls. 

  3. Drywall restoration – Part of your drywall will be removed to expand the header. A contractor may restore some of the drywall after the doors are installed. 

The process for converting your old windows to picture windows or a new window style is similar, more or less. To minimize costly installation errors, make sure to hire a qualified contractor. 

Renewal by Andersen handles the entire window and door installation. From the manufacturing of the windows right down to its installation process, the company has direct oversight. 

Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento’s catalog offers a wide variety of premium doors and windows, including double-hung windows. We offer free in-home consultations to manufacture windows according to your needs. To schedule a consultation, call us at (916) 226-3359 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Sacramento, CA.