Whether you just had a new patio installed and need to choose doors or you want to replace the inefficient doors you already have, you need to consider several factors when making your decision.
What’s Your Type?
The sliding glass door remains popular with homeowners because it’s easy to care for and takes up little space. Sliding glass doors also offer a direct view to the outdoors and allow natural light to come into your home. You can even choose two-lite or three-lite patio doors that give you greater customization options.
A French-style swinging patio door is a great option for homeowners who want to maintain a certain decorating theme. They swing open wide enough to provide a clear view of the outdoors. These types of doors, also called hinged patio doors, can make an excellent alternative for porches and verandas as well.
The bi-fold patio door offers excellent energy efficiency and folds away neatly. Its appearance and function resembles an accordion and it’s easy to maintain. Bi-fold patio doors have up to eight panels.
Consider the Material
Vinyl is a popular choice of materials for patio doors due to its low cost, durability, and excellent energy efficiency. It lasts for years without flaking or peeling. Other options to consider include:
- Aluminum: When you prefer more lightweight material, aluminum is a great choice. Aluminum is durable and costs less than wood.
- Clad: This highly efficient and strong material offers protection from the outdoor elements while also providing a beautiful wood finish indoors.
- Fiberglass: Fiberglass imitates wood, but can stand up to harsher weather conditions and handles moisture better.
- Wood: Wood provides a natural appearance with many different style options. It also offers strong protection from the outdoors.
Window Factory Outlet works with multiple manufacturers to offer you the widest selection. We would be happy to help you evaluate your patio door options so you choose the one that’s just right for your home.