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How to Pick the Right Patio Doors for Your Home?

Posted May 05, 2021

Picking out a patio door is just as important as picking out a front door. Even though it’s not the front of your home, you still need a door that gives you the visual impact you’re looking for. Plus, patio doors serve many functions such as bringing in natural light and providing a view of the outdoors.

To ensure you’re satisfied with your patio doors, here are some helpful tips to follow.

Determine Your Wants and Needs

Before you jump into shopping for patio doors, there are some technical factors to consider. First, what is the main purpose of your patio door? Think beyond its function and consider some other things you want it to do such as maximize natural light, improve energy efficiency or enhance privacy.

Other considerations include:

  • Size of your space - take measurements!
  • Screens - do you want partial or full?
  • Amount of use your door will get - constant or occasional
  • Color, finish, pattern and hardware
  • Temperatures in your region
  • Overall budget

Educate Yourself on the Various Patio Doors Available

When you know what you want, you can start reviewing doors that fit your criteria. Here are some of your options:

  • Sliding patio doors
  • Hinged patio doors
  • Bi-parting patio doors
  • Folding patio doors
  • French patio doors

Assess the Type of Glass You Want

If you haven’t shopped for doors in a while, you’ll be amazed by the amount of glass options available. You can choose between clear glass or frosted glass, big panes or small panes and so much more. Some types of glass can also deflect, absorb or transmit sunlight. One more consideration is your location. If you’re in a coastal region, you’ll likely need glass that resists high impacts.

Consider Door Materials

The next step is to consider the various door materials that will work for your home. Solid wood is a popular choice because of its traditional and elegant look. It can be sealed and stained for protection, but solid wood can still warp or fade. Other options include steel, aluminum, vinyl and synthetic materials.

Enhance Your Door with the Right Details

Lastly, you’ll need to nail down the specifics by choosing the color and texture of your door, as well as the hardware and locking mechanism. Most of these choices come down to preference. For example, do you want your patio door to lock with a lever or button? Do you like the look of bright brass or sleek satin nickel?

Shop for New Patio Doors Today

Woodhaven carries a wide selection of patio doors that are available in various materials, types, glass and color options. We’re also a Certified Contractor of Andersen patio doors and have flexible financing to make this project affordable. Contact us today to learn more about our options for patio doors.

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