How to choose the right patio door

Apr 08, 2016


Spring is here. Get ready to open up your home to the fresh air. Now is the best time to rethink your patio door–the essential connection between the great outdoors and the comfortable indoors.

With so many patio door styles, you can change your entryway to suit your home, taste, and budget. Not sure what’s the best pick? Here’s some guidance for how to choose the right patio door for your home.

Slider or swinging. Sliding doors are the most popular for patio entryways. They’re easy to operate and you can add a screen slider. A hinged door, like French doors, is beautiful, too, but will require space to swing open. Do you have furniture, a container garden, or other item you don’t want to move from the doorway? If so, and you still want the look of French doors, check out Marvin Windows’ Sliding French Door and Simonton Windows’ French Sliding Vinyl Replacement Patio Door. If you opt for a sliding glass door, make sure the rollers are corrosion-resistant, so they will function easily for a long time to come.

Wood, vinyl, or fiberglass. Wood offers natural beauty, and can be stained or painted to complement your home’s interior and exterior colors. Fiberglass provides the most durability. You can even choose a fiberglass patio door with the appearance of wood. Vinyl offers low maintenance (no peeling, fading, warping, or rotting), energy efficiency, and a very affordable price.

Glass style. Your patio door should let the sunshine in, along with the view, but you can decide how much of this perspective you want. Low-E glass filters out UV rays, which can fade your furniture and carpet. A variety of decorative glass types–like frosted–give you the advantage of light, along with added privacy.

Finalize when you accessorize! Put the finishing touches on your new patio door with your choice of hardware and window treatments. Some companies give you the option of integrating grids or blinds between the panes of glass, which makes it much easier to clean.

If you live in the Kansas City area and you’re ready to change your patio doors, please talk to us at Johnson County Siding & Windows. We’ll give you the best perspective on your choices!


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