Picking A Patio Door to Make your Home Stand Out

Picking A Patio Door to Make your Home Stand Out

Choosing patio doors for your home might seem simple and straightforward — until you actually try to do it. When you're looking to upgrade your patio doors, it can feel overwhelming. Let's go over everything you need to know when picking your next patio door and how to make your home stand out while doing it.

Things to Consider When Picking a Patio Door

Whether your remodeling project is a major undertaking or you just want to upgrade your existing patio door for something that's of better quality and matches your style, there are a few things to do before making a choice.

1. Evaluate your wants, needs, and style.

Ask yourself these questions as you determine what you want and need from your patio doors:

  • What's your main objective in installing a new door? Is it to improve functionality, increase natural light, or increase energy efficiency?
  • What are the measurements of the space?
  • How much space do you need for opening the door, and will it open in or out?
  • What style best fits your home's style and décor, both inside and out?
  • How much traffic will the door get?
  • How will the weather in your area impact your choices?
  • What's your budget?

Answering these questions will help you refine your search. They'll also be the same questions that you'll be asked when working with a professional contractor, so it'll be good to have your answers ready when they ask you these questions.

2. Review patio door types.

Now that you know a little bit more about what kind of patio door you're looking for, you can start narrowing down what type of door you want. The most common types of patio doors are:

  • Sliding patio doors - Sliding patio doors are flush against the wall and have two door-sized panels of glass that sit on a track; one of the panels is fixed and the other slides. These doors let in ample amounts of natural light and fresh air. They typically also include a patio screen door so that you can let fresh air in while keeping the bugs out.
  • Hinged patio doors - Hinged patio doors are typically called traditional patio doors and are a single door that's attached with a hinge that swings one way. They typically open into the home but can be oriented to open in either direction.
  • French patio doors - French patio doors are also hinged doors, but they are double doors that swing open from opposite sides, creating an extra-large entrance area.
  • Bi-parting patio doors - Bi-parting patio doors are technically hinged doors but are very different from traditional doors. They're two additional and identical glass door panels that are placed on either side of the patio door and can be opened so that the entrance way to the patio is expanded.

3. Determine glass type.

Next, it'll be time to decide what kind of glass you want in your patio doors. Things to ask yourself are:

  • Do you want clear glass or frosted glass for privacy?
  • Do you want glass that's energy-efficient? Low-E glass is the most energy-efficient and what we always recommend.

4. Determine material.

Decide what kind of material you want. The most common materials are:

  • Wood - Wood is traditional but requires more upkeep, is prone to warping and rotting, and isn't very energy-efficient. They're also a bit more expensive than some of the other materials.
  • Steel - Steel is the sturdiest material and perfect for areas with high traffic and/or extreme weather. They're more affordable and easier to maintain but are susceptible to rust.
  • Aluminum - Aluminum is like steel in sturdiness, price point, and maintenance and is energy efficient. However, aluminum doors are prone to dings and dents because of how soft and light aluminum because of how lightweight they are.
  • Vinyl - Vinyl is the most affordable, versatile, energy-efficient, and durable of all materials.
  • Fiberglass - Fiberglass can be made to look almost identical to real wood but doesn't come with any of the headaches that real wood comes with, like warping and rotting. Fiberglass is durable, affordable, and energy-efficient.

Choosing a patio door that makes your home stand out doesn't have to be difficult. Follow this guide before you start shopping for your next patio door and contact us today to schedule your free consultation.