After a ton of research, we opted for a Milgard French-style sliding glass door. It’s supposed to be very energy-efficient, with double paned glass and a coating to reflect some UV light to keep things cooler in summer. My man was very happy about the warranty, which lasts forever and covers almost everything that could happen.
The guys showed up and tore out the old door, leaving a gaping hole in our house for a few hours. The cats were fascinated – Mojo even got outside and sniffed around a little, while I kept an eye on him. I got nervous when he got twitchy and went after a bird, but luckily he stayed close to the house.
And now: we love our new door.
The French-style doors have a wider frame, which I like a lot. the door slides open and closed quietly and smoothly, and the lock and handle are easy to use. We can leave it open on nice days because we now have a screen that slides back and forth and isn’t full of holes. Maybe we’ll have fewer stink bugs inside this year? I need to get used to using this door to go outside, because it was unusable for the first year we’ve been here, and I’m in the habit of going to the sunroom to get to the backyard! I did it twice yesterday.
Soon, I’ll replace the old vertical blinds and re-tile that area, and complete the transformation!