4 Essential Considerations When Choosing New Patio Doors

Published On February 25, 2019 | By Carol Wesson | Home

One of the most desired home additions, the right patio doors can bring a whole new life to a house. If you are considering investing in one of the most practical and aesthetically pleasing home additions, here are four essential considerations when choosing new patio doors.

1. Why do you want patio doors?

Given the popularity of patio doors in homes around the world, there are clearly a significant number of benefits to installing them.

First and foremost, one of the most popular reasons for having patio doors in a home is because they let in natural light. Additionally, due to allowing natural light in, having patio doors also helps homeowners save on energy bills as you will have less need to switch on your AC and lights.

Aesthetically, patio doors enable you to see outside while going about your daily life inside the house. Whether you choose to watch the sunrise with your cup of coffee or admire your garden in the middle of the day, enabling the outdoors to be seen from the inside is a significant benefit. Plus, they take up less room as they slide from side to side rather than needing to swing inward.

In other words, there are both practical and aesthetic reasons why so many homeowners dream of incorporating patio doors into their home design.

2. What style of patio doors does your home require?

Just like any home addition, not every house suits the same style of patio doors. Luckily, there is a wide array of patio doors on the market to ensure you are able to find the right ones for your needs.

Generally, there are three types of patio doors to choose from:

In-line sliding patio doors: Best option for dining rooms, kitchen, and living rooms.

Folding sliding doors: Provides the benefits of sliding doors while also incorporating a traditional door at one end.

Triple-track: Offers more flexibility due to the increased amount of individual panes.

If your abode is on the contemporary side of design, then you will want to look for patio doors with clean lines — perhaps understated glass sliding patio doors with slender and solid-colored frames to ensure the continuation of a minimalistic and modern design.

In addition to the style, color and hardware are other factors that need to be considered. For a modern vibe, blue-grey tones, black, and white are recommended with shiny steel for the hardware.

Last but not least, you also have a choice when it comes to the material of your patio doors. Currently, most patio doors are made from either PVC-U, wood, aluminum, or fiberglass.

Whatever style, color, hardware and material you choose, keep in mind that your new patio doors will be a focal point in your home, so make sure you are opting for a combination that you are going to enjoy looking at day after day for years to come.

3. What is your budget?

There is no denying that your budget plays an integral role in the type of patio doors you end up selecting. While it may seem appealing to go for the cheapest option, the fact of the matter is that it is better to invest in good quality materials that will last you for a long time. Otherwise, you may find yourself having to throw money into repairing your patio doors continually.

When considering your budget, keep in mind that you want to be purchasing patio doors with superior security devices such as a security headrail, interlock bolts, a PAS 24 handle, a security keep rail, and an anti-bump cylinder. These patio door parts are what will take the quality of your doors to the next level and will ensure your home and family remain secure inside.

4. Who will install your patio doors?

Once you know what type of patio doors you want and what your budget is, then it is time to find a reputable patio door company that can install them for you. They also will be able to speak with you regarding options and can advise you on the perfect doors for your home and lifestyle.

Don’t unnecessarily rush into choosing a company. Instead, shop around and speak with potential options until you find one that is the right fit for you.

Have you recently installed patio doors? Or are you considering it? What tips and tricks do you have for finding the right ones? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!

Carmen Velilla is an experienced Brand Manager currently overseeing the strategic development of multiple brands as part of the Epwin Group. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (ACIM), specializing in Corporate Communication and Digital Marketing.

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