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How to Choose the Right Sliding Patio Doors for Your Home

| October 20, 2014
choose the right sliding patio doors


If you are doing a home renovation or replacing damaged and worn doors, one door that you should think of replacing is your patio door. If you are looking to choose the right sliding patio door for your home, there are several key factors that you need to take into consideration. This will help you make an informed decision that you will not regret later on.

Some of the things to keep in mind when choosing sliding patio doors are:

Choose the Right Sliding Patio Door Style

The style of the door is extremely important. It should fit seamlessly into the architecture of your home and if possible, enhance the look and feel of your home. Today, you can get frames made from wood, steel, aluminum, vinyl, and fibreglass. Choose a frame that is low or zero maintenance, so that you don’t have to worry about keeping it safe from the elements or preventing rot and fading.

Traditionally, sliding patio doors have a single pane of tempered glass that offers an unobstructed view of the garden and also allows ample natural light to filter in. Such doors are sturdy and great for frequent use. However, you also have the option of buying doors with blinds between the glass layers. These help to keep harsh sunlight away and the blinds are zero-maintenance. There is an exterior control to open and shut the blinds.

toronto patio doors

Choose the Right Sliding Patio Door Glass Options

Usually, it is best to go with tempered glass, so that if it breaks, you do not risk getting cut by sharp edges. But, you also have the choice between laminated glass that is great for noisy neighborhoods, as it helps to reduce noise and also keeps out harmful UV rays.

If you want to make your home more energy-efficient, look for double- or triple-pane insulated glass units (IGUs). Here are some features that you can take advantage of with IGUs:

  1. Manufacturers fill the space between these panes with noble gases such as krypton and argon. Why? These heavier gasses help to keep the cool air in during the summer and hot air during the winter.
  2. IGUs have Low-E coatings on the various window panes. Low-E coating is a thin, transparent coating added to glass windows to help control or regulate the passage of solar radiation (sunlight) through the window’s glass. These features can help to improve key window energy efficiency metrics if formulated and applied properly.
  3. IGUs also have insulated warm-edge spacers that help keep the glass panes firmly apart from each other and sealed within the frame.

insulated glass unit

Alternatively, if you want to provide more shade to your living room, you should opt for tinted glass. There are many shades to choose from and you should check as many as possible to make the right choice. Textured glass is perfect if you want natural light to light up the room.

Ensure That Your Sliding Glass Patio Doors Function Properly

When choosing the right sliding patio door for your home, you should choose a door that is functional, easy to operate, and maintenance-free. This means ensuring the door is made from the right material. Today, you can get doors with many added features, such as insect screens, blinds, and solar screens. In fact, it is possible to get all these features in a single sliding patio door. Such doors are easy to open and close, maintenance-free, elegant to look at, and offer great security.

choose the right sliding patio doors

Go With Aesthetics That Blow You Away

While homeowners are busy looking at their budget, they forget sliding patio doors also have to look attractive and elegant. When the door is installed, it should fit into the overall style of the house and if possible, make the house look more beautiful. Often aesthetics are controlled by the material used to make the door and the type of glass. So do pay attention to these two factors while choosing the right sliding patio door.

Patio doors not only allow you easy access to your backyard and deck, they also work to enhance the view of your garden. When choosing such a door, determine the kind of look your want your patio area to have and then consider your energy efficiency needs. Then, choose a sliding patio door that best fits your individual situation. The door you choose should be both practical and aesthetically appealing.

Learn More About On Our Blog:

  1. The Ultimate Patio Door Replacement Guide 
  2. Is Vinyl a Good Window and Door Frame Material?
  3. Why Our Patio Doors and Window Walls are Perfect for Homes and Cottages



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