Picking a Patio Door to Make Your Home Stand Out 

Picking a Patio Door to Make Your Home Stand Out 


New patio doors can be an eye-catching option if you want to upgrade the entrance to your outdoor spaces. But before you demo that old patio door, there are a few things to consider. Let's walk through some of the questions you'll need to answer to make the right choice for your home. 

Which style of patio door is best for your home?

The exact style of patio door you pick depends on your space, which way you'd like it to open, and your budget. This will help you narrow down your options. Here are some popular styles to consider:

1. Sliding patio doors: Sliding patio doors are made up of two glass panels and are installed flush to the wall. One of the glass panels is static, while the other one slides open on a track. This type generally includes a patio screen door that you can slide closed when the glass portion is open. This allows for a nice breeze while blocking unwanted pests from coming inside.

2. French Patio Doors: French patio doors are a striking option if you have the space for them to open. These are double doors on hinges that can either swing inward or outward. Because they open from opposite sides, they create a large opening for maximum airflow. 

3. Bifold Patio Doors: These patio doors can be real stunners! Bifold patio doors are comprised of several individual glass panels that "fold" open on hinges creating an opening that can be as large as your entire wall. These are gorgeous for creating a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors. They're especially lovely when opening out to a pool, a deck, or a spectacular view.

Which type of glass is perfect for your patio door?

The answer to this question depends greatly on where the patio door is located. If your patio door faces a heavily trafficked area, you may want to consider frosted glass to increase privacy. Frosted glass will make it harder for people to see inside your home while still allowing light inside. Clear glass is the best choice if your patio door faces a beautiful view or a more private area. It will also maximize the amount of natural light inside your house. Either way, you'll want energy-efficient glass like Low-E. 

Which type of material is ideal for your patio door?

Like with patio door style and glass type, there are many options for what you would like your patio door's frame to be made of. Your pick might depend on your personal preference, your budget, and the weather where you live.

1. Wood: This is a naturally beautiful and traditional option, but it can require more maintenance to keep it looking its best. However, today's wood patio doors have more protection to keep them in great shape longer. Wood also tends to offer a lot of customizable options. 

2. Steel: Patio doors with steel frames are an extremely durable choice and can match many door and home styles.

 3. Iron: Like steel, iron patio doors are sturdy and durable. They're also a great energy-efficient option. 

4. Aluminum: This material has the durability of its iron and steel counterparts but is much lighter. It is also easy to maintain.

5. Vinyl: Both energy-efficient and cost-effective, vinyl patio doors are also great at withstanding the elements. You won't have to worry about corrosion or rotting.

6. Fiberglass: This material can give you the best of both worlds. Fiberglass patio doors can look almost exactly like wood with the added advantage of being nearly maintenance-free. Like vinyl, it can also do a great job standing up to the elements.

Once you've given some thought to each of these areas, you'll be well on your way to narrowing the options. Whether you're replacing an old patio door to bring in more natural light, boost energy efficiency, or simply make your home stand out, we can help. 

If you'd like to see beautiful patio door options in person, visit the Dream Doors and Windows Showroom in Jacksonville. You can also schedule a free, in-home consultation.