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Are you thinking about updating your outdoor space in preparation for next season? If you answered yes, have you given much thought to what kind of patio door you might like to install? For most of us, the patio door may not be at the top of our priority list, but when you consider all the trendy new designs that are out there, you realize that this is something you’ll want to think about.

 

Let’s take a look at a few of the designs that you might want to consider:

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are extremely popular. They make it easy to get in and out of your home and allow you to maximize the space you have on your deck or patio. Sliding patio doors are also great for your home’s interior, allowing so much light into the room. Usually sliding glass doors will also have a screen door so that you can let fresh air into your home without having to worry about bugs getting inside as well.

French Patio Doors

French patio doors are a little different because instead of sliding, they swing open on a hinge. French doors come in a variety of styles. The classic configuration is to have two doors side by side, but there are other options available as well such as three doors in a row. It depends on how wide your entrance is. Most French patio doors will have glass panels to allow in the most light possible.

Folding Patio Doors

This type of patio door is typically reserved for very wide entrances, but if you have the room, they can make quite a bold statement. Folding doors work like an accordion and usually consist of two or more panels on a track system. They can be full glass as well but

Material Options for Patio Doors

In addition to the style, you also have many choices when it comes to materials for your patio doors. The following are a few of the most popular selections.

  • Vinyl – Vinyl is a popular choice both because of its appearance and durability. Vinyl stands up well to the elements including heat and cold. It will not fade, peel or rot. It’s available in a wide range of colours and finishes including faux wood.
  • Wood – Real wood may be the most gorgeous material you can choose for a patio door. Keep in mind, however, that it is also the most expensive and requires the most upkeep. If not properly maintained, a wood patio door can warp or rot.
  • Metal – Steel and aluminum are two more popular material choices. These can be very durable and inexpensive. Keep in mind, however, that these are also less energy efficient than other options.
  • Fibreglass – Fibreglass is both lightweight and durable. In many ways, it is similar to vinyl but is usually more expensive.

Your patio door can become an important focal point of your outdoor space. So be sure to review the available options and choose the one that best suits your home and personal taste.

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