Things to consider when buying a patio door
Whether buying a new patio door is part of a new build, a remodelling plan, or to get rid of an old and dysfunctional door, the process of choosing the door is mostly the same as for a front door. A great front door adds a feature, enhances curb appeal and creates a grand entrance. What the front door does for the front of the house, the patio door must-do for the back. With a few extra functionality considerations thrown into the mix, such as: adding flow between the indoors and the outdoors, providing natural light, providing a view of the outdoors, adding energy efficiency, and creating a focal point. There are many Patio door styles available for everyone and can find one to fit their style and character but are also functional in the space.
Types of patio doors
You’ll need to consider the space you have and the look you want when choosing a door style. Do some internet research for ideas of what is available from suppliers in your area. Typing keywords like aluminium bifold doors Perth into your browser will yield amazing results.
Some of the most common doors are:
- Sliding Patio Door: A sliding patio doors are great space-savers. Their design means that you don’t need to consider the space needed for the swing of the traditional or folding doors. This makes them ideal in small homes and in tight configurations like patios.
- Traditional (Hinged) Patio Door: A hinged patio door can open to the inside of the home if you need to preserve patio-living space, or outwards is the reverse is true.
- Folding Patio Door: A folding patio door could be a good choice when there is a big opening to cover.
- French Doors: French doors are a classic style that has never gone out of date and is a very functional way to open space.
Choosing your material
Some patio door materials will require more care and maintenance than others. Wood patio doors, for example, are very versatile but typically need to be sanded and repainted on a regular basis and they don’t do well in moist climates. Vinyl and fiberglass doors minimize some of this exterior maintenance and these come in a range of styles and can even be made to look identical to natural wood. Aluminium is durable but is not a good insulator and not suited for coastal climates. Ultimately, choose the material that looks good, performs well in your climate and suits how much maintenance you are willing to handle.
Choosing your glass
You may want to use glass in home improvement project, that is insulated or can withstand extreme temperature differences. These days it’s easy to find a range of glass that improves the energy efficiency of your home by keeping heat in or out depending on your needs. If you live near the coast there are coated glass options that can prevent damage from salty sea air. When choosing glass for privacy you can consider frosted, tinted or one-way glass.