When people think of their home’s doors, many picture their front door or their interior doors; sometimes, it’s easy to forget about the patio door. Because it’s not used as often as a front door or some interior doors, you may have a tough time choosing the best patio door for your home. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we have a few things to consider before you make a choice.
One of the main questions you’ll have to ask yourself is which way you want your patio door to move – do you want it to slide open or do you want it to swing open? A sliding patio door glides open horizontally while a swing patio door opens like a regular door. Which you choose depends on space, aesthetics, and personal preference. While some love the look of a classic swing door, others enjoy the space-saving sliding door.
When you picture patio doors, you most likely picture French doors. These doors are arguably the most popular type of patio door available. They’re installed side-by-side and are hinged so that they open away from each other. This movement creates a large open doorway that can not only allow more natural light into the home, but also add more fresh air. These doors can also add a touch of sophistication and can create a more open feel between the inside of your home and the outside.
Both P.J. Fitzpatrick patio doors and Lowes patio doors can be made from several different materials, including wood, steel, vinyl, or fiberglass. No matter which you choose, it will most likely incorporate a large glass pane to give you a window to the outdoors. Some homeowners are leery of installing glass doors because of safety or break-ins, but today’s glass is built tougher and stronger to give you extra protection. Which frame material you choose may depend on things like insulation factor, cost, and style.
If you’re not sure exactly what kind of patio door you’re looking for, talk to our door specialists. We can give you some expert advice to help you make a decision.