Patio doors are doors that lead out from a room onto a patio area. These doors can help brighten up a room by letting more sunlight into the room. There are several different types of patio doors, some of which are described below.
French-Style Patio Doors
French-style patio doors are popular because they are attractive and allow a lot of light into a room. French doors can also have decorative patterns cut into the glass for an elegant touch. Depending upon the size of the room in which the patio door is being used, different styles of French doors may be used.
If the room area is fairly big, French-style patio doors that swing inward may be used. Alternatively, sliding French-style patio doors may be used. Or, if the room is somewhat small, bi-fold French patio doors can be installed. Bi-fold patio doors have a hinge in between the two door panels so that the doors can slide open while folding on top of one another.
French-style patio doors are very pretty, but they can also be somewhat expensive. Additionally, if the house settles a bit, the joint where the doors meet each other may become out of alignment. This makes it difficult for the doors to latch properly and block outside air.
Sliding Patio Doors
Sliding patio doors generally cost less than French doors and are easily adjusted if they become out of alignment. For these reasons, sliding doors are good choices for patio doors.
Vinyl Patio Doors
Vinyl patio doors do a good job at insulating a room or home, but they do crack fairly easily.
Aluminum Patio Doors
Aluminum patio doors do not insulate very well and paint comes off of them easily.
Wooden Patio Doors
Not only do wooden patio doors insulate well, but they also look great and are very easy to take care of.
Selecting Patio Doors
When choosing a patio door, it is important to select one that is appropriate for the area's weather and climate. Harsh winters will require thermally insulated glass. Also, special coatings can be applied to the glass to help limit the passage of heat. This helps keep rooms cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months. It's also important to choose high-qualify sealing material and to make sure that the weather stripping is very durable, as this protects your room and home from the elements. It is also important to make sure that any screen or insect doors are sealed tightly as well.
Installing Patio Doors
Installing patio doors is not an easy task, and in most cases a professional should be consulted. Doing so ensures that the doors will be properly installed and that any insulation problems are taken care of.