How to Pick the Perfect Patio Door

A patio door is an essential investment if you wish to increase the natural light in your home and be more connected to the outdoors. Patio doors provide a seamless transition between the inside and outside of your home while functioning as a focal point. Whether you’re remodeling or upgrading, consider these tips to help you find the perfect patio door for your house.

1. Determine Your Needs 

When deciding to replace or install a new patio door, determine what you are trying to achieve. Do you want to improve functionality and aesthetics or simply replace an existing entryway with a similar style but better insulation or energy efficiency? 

Think about your personal style and décor. Determine how much space you have available. Is there anything around the doorframe you need to consider (e.g. nearby walls, windows or patio railings)? Do you want a sliding door or one that opens inward? If installing a patio door to increase airflow, consider a screen so you can keep the glass open without letting in bugs or pests. Ask yourself how frequently the door will be used and determine your budget. Also be sure to have rough measurements to help narrow down options.

2. Compare Styles 

Patio doors come in a range of styles, each suited to different spaces. A sliding patio door sits flush in a wall and takes up no additional space. Hinged patio doors usually have one stable side and one swinging door panel. The swinging panel will generally open inward so the outdoor area isn’t restricted; however, this is interchangeable to accommodate your space. Alternatively, a French door can add a touch of elegance. A French door has two door panels that can open, with the glass panel split into a stylish grid pattern. 

For longer walls, a bi-parting patio door can create an effortless transition between the interior and exterior of the home. Bi-parting doors have two sliding doors sandwiched between glass on either side. Another option is a folding patio door, which opens like an accordion and provides a viable alternative for a wide entryway. 

3. Glass Design 

When choosing the glass, consider the level of privacy or aesthetics you desire. Many manufacturers can add a frosted coating to most styles. Glass etching and designs may also be added, and grills can create a unique and beautiful element to your patio door. 

Further, consider the temperature of your region. Depending on the room, you may want to let in the light or deflect it. Frosted windows can help deflect heat. For energy efficiency, consider an ENERGY STAR-rated product or glass package.

4. Choose a Material 

Patio doors are available in many materials, including synthetic, solid wood, metal, steel and vinyl. Steel doors are known for their strength, while solid wood offers a traditional and timeless look. As with siding, wooden doors may cost more and require ongoing maintenance. On the other hand, a vinyl patio door is a low-maintenance and budget-friendly material that stands up well to the elements.   

5. Add the Finishing Touches 

Once you have decided on the patio door style, glass and material, it’s time to think about color, door hardware and a locking system. When choosing a color, the easiest option is to go with the same scheme as existing windows and doors. Door hardware can add a modern or traditional looking accent. For added security, you may consider purchasing deadbolts.