Part 3: Patio Door Advantages & How to Make the Most Out of Them – Making the Most of Your Patio Doors Posted: February 17, 2015
Patio doors come in a range of prices, to meet whatever budget you might have. Regardless of how much you spent, though, you’re going to want to make the most out of your investment. To do so, choosing the right patio door is key.
What to Choose
Consider the following when choosing a patio door:
- Styles. Patio doors come in a range of styles mainly differentiated by the way they operate. The most popular options are in-swing/out-swing French doors, sliding, and folding patio doors. Choose based on the amount of space available around your doorway. If you have more space leading into your patio, out-swing French doors will work just fine. More space leading into your house? Go with an in-swing. Sliding and folding doors are best when you have limited space considerations.
- Materials. You should choose a patio door material based on what matters to you the most. If you’re looking for strength and affordability, for instance, steel patio doors are worth considering. If you want something easy to maintain, wood clad, aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass patio doors will be right up your alley. If you’re keen on aesthetics, wood patio doors will feature some of the most beautiful finishes you’ll ever see. For optimum energy efficiency, go with fiberglass, vinyl, wood, and wood patio doors.
- Size. As a patio door connects indoor and outdoor spaces, you want the transition to be as seamless as possible. This is why wide patio doors make sense. The wider the doorway, the more convenient it makes things. How wide you can go will be affected by how much space is available to you so just opt for the widest door opening possible. Sliding doors are best for this purpose.
Did you know?
Contractors now have visualizers to help you imagine what your dream patio door would look like once installed. Mix and match styles with finishes and accessories to find out what your preferences are, and preview the patio door as it would look right in your home.