Buying patio doors for your home can seem overwhelming with one trip to your local home improvement store. There are so many different models to choose from that it can be difficult to figure out which one is right. You’ve already figured out that a patio door is beneficial because it allows extra light into your home and it provides you with access to your patio or back yard. The difficulty lies in trying to make a choice; your choice will be much easier when you learn a little about the different doors.

One of the most common types of doors are sliding doors because they are one of the more budget-friendly options. These doors slide along a track system attached to your ceiling and floor. One side slides, the other side stays in place, and often there’s a screen that slides along the outer section of the tracking. Sliding doors used to be made from aluminum frames, but they are now available in other materials like PVC vinyl.

When homes starting getting more modern designs, so did the doors, and french style doors were born. These doors, as the name suggests, were modeled from the doors that were found in many European homes. Traditionally, french doors could be used as entryway doors that led outside the home, but they were also used as doors inside homes. Today, the hardwood doors are used inside homes, while the PVC and aluminum doors are optimal for entryway doors, like the ones you would choose to lead to your patio.

When you’re comparing different types of doors, you will need to make sure that you pay attention to the size of the doors. Sixty and seventy-five inch doors are more common than other sizes. You may find that your doorway opening is substantially larger than the door you want. Consider adding side glass panels to fill the extra space on either side of the door.

You will also need to think about the installation. While installing a door on your own is a good way to save money, some doors are more difficult to install than others. Don’t completely dismiss the idea of hiring a professional. In some cases, warranties are voided if the doors aren’t professionally installed.

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If you are worried about privacy, there are options with the doors that you choose. You can choose stained glass doors, or doors that have frosting or etching. If you don’t want to change the type of glass, you can hang blinds or curtains to give you adjustable privacy when you want it and the ability to let in light when you aren’t worried about privacy.

There are a few options for the type of door frame that is available. There are hardwood frames, like cherry, pine, and oak that can be sealed or stained to maintain a natural beauty, but they are often best for regions that don’t have extreme weather conditions. PVC is an easily cleaned type of frame material, although a little wider, that is usually chosen for energy efficiency. Sliding doors are often made from aluminum with a layer of insulation inside and can be painted almost any color that you desire.

Choosing the right patio doors for your home doesn’t have to feel like rocket science. Deciding which type of door involves considering the frame and style as well as your budget. A little well-researched planning is all you need to help you make the appropriate choice for you and your family.

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