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How To Choose The Best Patio Door

by Howard Barnett

The patio door plays a vital role in the home. Not only does it provide you with easy access to the patio, but it can also flood the interior of your home with natural light during the day. Unfortunately, choosing the best patio door can be difficult, as there are so many options out there. Here are a few tips that will help you choose the best patio door.

Styles

When it comes to selecting a style for a patio door, there is only aesthetics and functionality to consider. There are three basic patio door styles and they are as follows: sliding patio doors, swinging patio doors, and folding patio doors.

The most popular patio door style is the sliding patio door. Patio doors of this style typically let in plenty of light and they are also very easy to maintain. Sliding patio doors consist of at least two individual panels. One or more of these individual panels will slide back and forth on a roller. Some sliding patio doors will have sliding panels merged with fixed panels to create a very large expanse of glass. An advantage of sliding patio doors is that you don't have to worry about interference with walking areas or placement of furniture, as the individual panels slide back and forth parallel to the wall.

Swinging patio doors operate similarly to regular exterior doors. These doors are typically center hung and hinged on both sides of the central mullion. French doors, however, are hinged at the door's die jambs. That way, when closed, the door panels will meet.

Folding patio doors operate similarly to an accordion. The main advantage of a folding patio door system is that they can fold away for full access. You can find folding patio doors in many configurations, the amount of leaves ranging from two to eight.

Materials

While it's easy to get hung-up on design options, it is vital that you take the time to make the correct decision when it comes to materials. Patio doors are typically made of fiberglass, aluminum, and steel. Patio doors made of steel tend to be most economical. Steel patio doors offer durability, strength, and resilience against the elements. Fiberglass patio doors look and feel like wood, but you won't have to do much maintenance. Aluminum patio doors are cost effective, lightweight, strong, and corrosion-resistant.

As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing the best patio door for your home. Just consider the features discussed above and you will likely make a good decision. Contact professionals, such as those from Fas Windows and Doors, for further assistance.

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