“Summer is here, which means many families are looking forward to outdoor celebrations, such as barbeques, campfires, and pool parties,” said Christopher Wittmann, Senior Sales Representative with Callen Construction, Inc. in Muskego. “With that said, installing the most appropriate patio door for your home and lifestyle is essential as it serves as the gateway to your backyard and will likely see frequent use, especially in the warmer weather.” Generally speaking, there are three main types of patio doors to choose from – sliding, swinging, and folding.
Sliding patio doors are arguably the most common type of patio doors homeowners choose to install. This is due to their typically lower price point and usability. “These types of units are also ideal when entertaining outdoors because they seamlessly slide open for easy access in and out of the home,” said Christopher. “Moreover, their expansive glass panels provide the living area with plenty of sunlight and airflow. This is also helpful for giving the illusion that a room is larger than it is while framing a beautiful view of the outdoors.” Depending on dimensions and preference, a sliding patio door can be built with two, three, or even four glass panels.
For those who appreciate a more sophisticated option, swinging French doors may be favored. In the most basic sense, a single French door is a single panel door, however, they’re most often accompanied by two or sometimes even three adjacent single panel doors. “To get a clearer picture, envision two adjacent doors that swing inward or outward from the center to create a spacious entrance,” Christopher said. Swinging French doors operate in the same sense as a typical door in a home, meaning they swing open on hinges. “Their distinct wide profile allows plenty of natural light to filter in as well as provides a great view and easy access to and from the outdoors,” he said. “Adding to their elegance, French patio doors are generally made with elaborate details on the glass and frame.”
Folding patio doors are unmistakable in the sense they are comprised of several glass panels, usually up to seven, that move along a track so they can neatly fold or stack on top of one another when fully opened. “Easily the most customizable type of patio door, folding patio doors can be configured to open from the center or they can be folded completely to the left or the right side. The latter option can be paired with an access panel for the convenience of everyday use,” said Christopher. “Given its exceptionally wide opening, this type of patio door is most appropriately incorporated into large living spaces that have enough wall space to fit the door comfortably and proportionately. All those panels are perfect for extending your living space, maximizing your view, and providing ample airflow and sunlight into the space.”
Security and materials are also important considerations when selecting a patio door for a home. “Be sure the patio door you choose is equipped with a multi-point locking system to ensure safety and provide peace of mind,” Christopher said. “In terms of materials, patio doors can be made from wood and vinyl, but fiberglass is one of the most durable materials on the market, as it will help ensure you get the most life out of the patio door.”
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