Things to Consider When Buying Patio Doors

Home with new sliding patio doors.

The doors that lead from your home to your beautiful patio play an important practical role and they can also affect the interior design as well as the exterior appearance of your home. This is why it is so important to make sure that you choose the right patio doors for your home. Here are some of the top points to consider before making your final decision.

Choosing The Style

When it comes to your patio door, you have two main options and each of these options has its own benefits. The first option is to install French patio doors. These are like regular doors in the sense that they are hinged and they open and close to meet in the middle. The main benefit of these doors is that they open nice and wide. Sliding patio doors, on the other hand, help you save space since you don’t have to worry about leaving a clear area for the doors to open and close.

Different Materials

Just like any other door, your patio doors come in a wide variety of materials. Wood was once one of the top choices for doors. However, wood requires regular care and maintenance to keep it looking good. The weather can easily take its toll if wood is not properly protected. Vinyl doors are known for their durability and energy efficiency. Aluminum doors do not prove as energy efficient but they are one of the cheapest options while fiberglass doors are on the higher end of the price scale.

It’s also worth remembering that many doors include components made from several materials in order to offer property owners maximum energy efficiency, security and durability. So, while the door is made from uPVC, other parts like the track, could be made from another material like aluminum. It’s important to understand what each working part is made from before you make your choice.

Style And Efficiency

When it comes to choosing the style of your patio doors, this will come down to personal preference. Consider different grille patterns as well as various colours based on the interior design of the room and the exterior appearance of your home. Take note of the style and colour of the windows in the room too. You want them to at least have a similar look. Next, for energy efficiency, you need to choose between double and triple glazed options. Look for products that offer what you need like Low-E coatings, gas-filled chambers between the panes of glass and so on.

Choosing The Hardware

There is no substitute for quality hardware so make sure that you take the time to ask as many questions as need be. Different types of hardware offer different levels of security so keep this in mind. Once you know what you want with regards to security, you can then compare various designs and colours to suit your décor and preferences.

Additional Features

If you have enough space, you might like to install several doors. This allows more light to enter the room and it makes it easier for traffic to flow freely when entertaining guests. If you don’t have much space but you still want extra light in your home, you should consider installing sidelites on either side of your patio doors. They don’t take up much space and they certainly help brighten up the room.

At Luma, we have an impressive selection of patio doors from which you can choose. Simply give us a call at (905) 303-0560 and our team will gladly provide you with a free in-home estimate while answering any questions you may have.