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Give Your Home The Style And Functionality You Love With A Brand New Patio Door.
Patio doors are one of the most popular features of any home. They provide convenient access while creating unimpeded views that flood interior spaces with natural light. While old-style patio doors were notorious for heat loss, leakage and poor security, modern doors offer significant improvements. Frames and glass are more energy efficient, many products incorporate multi-point locking mechanisms for better security and sophisticated flashing packages prevent leakage. As with any window or door today, there are many choices when it comes to choosing a patio door. Below are three popular styles of patio doors that we recommend customers consider.
Sliding Patio Doors
Sometimes called gliding or bypass, sliding patio doors are extremely popular. They let in a lot of natural light and are easy to maintain. Sliding doors consist of two or more individual panels, at least one of which slides back and forth on hidden rollers. The sliding panels can be combined with fixed panels to create dramatically broad expanses of glass. Panels slide parallel to the wall so they don’t interfere with furniture placement or walking areas.
Swinging Patio Doors
Sometimes called hinged, swinging patio doors operate in much the same fashion as standard exterior doors. They are full view glass panels and often hang in pairs. The doors are center hung, hinged on either side of a central mullion and open much as butterfly wings. A second type of hinged patio door is the French door. French doors are hinged at the side jambs so that the door panels meet when closed. The latching mechanism is contained in an astragal mounted to one of the doors. When French doors open, the entire area between the hinges is clear.
Folding Patio Doors
A folding patio door system can open a wide area to the great outdoors. The system operates accordion-style, which means each section slides on an overhead track and neatly folds away for full access. They are available in several configurations, ranging from two to eight leaves.
A Case For Energy Efficient Patio Doors
When you’re choosing your new patio doors, it’s a good idea to make energy efficiency a priority. Depending on your climate, the right patio doors could actually pay for themselves in reduced energy costs. Some factors to consider are R-value, U-factor, Low-E glass, UV coatings and other glass options.
We Can Help You Choose The Right Material For Your New Patio Door
While design and door material options can seem almost endless, we recommend fiberglass, vinyl and wood for the most high quality door material. Your choice depends on what factors are most important to you.
Fiberglass Patio Doors
This material features both the feel and look of genuine wood, right down to the knots and cracks, with less upkeep. In fact, fiberglass doors are built to consistently withstand the rigors of any climate – hot or cold, wet or dry.
Vinyl Patio Doors
A strong plastic material that is used for its durability, energy efficiency and ability to stand up to the elements, vinyl will never fade in color, flake, peel or rot.
Wood Patio Doors
Wood doors come from trees that grow in a variety of species, such as fir, pine, mahogany or alder. Each species has a range of characteristics, like grain, color and sap content, which contributes to its unique appearance.