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Patio Door Design Guide

Chances are you are spending a lot more time outside enjoying your patio during the summer. Your patio door design has an effect on the design of the rest of your patio as well as the interior of your home. To help you choose the best door design for your needs, we have created a small patio door design guide to help narrow your choices. By far the two most popular patio door designs that customer request from Door Systems, Inc. are sliding patio doors and French patio doors.

patio door design guide

Sliding Glass Door

Sliding patio doors are a great option if you do not have a lot of patio space to swing a door outward, but many people choose sliding doors for the convenience and style even if there is room. Because of the mechanism, sliding doors need at least two full glass doors to function. This allows a huge amount of natural light into your room.

Before buying a sliding patio door, be sure there is room in your home for both panes of glass and the door to slide. Find a sliding patio door that you love at ProVia and measure the opening of your door or the wall where would like to install the door. There are many different sliding glass door types, including:

  • 3 Panel Sliding Patio Doors
  • 4 Panel Sliding Patio Doors
  • Double Sliding Patio Doors
  • Mutli Panel Sliding Patio Doors

You have the option to add a sliding patio door screen door to your selection. To combine the two most popular types of patio doors, you can select a sliding glass door in the design of sliding French patio doors as well!

French Patio Doors

Like sliding doors, people love French patio doors because of their ability to let a lot of light into a room. Because there are two doors that can swing outward, there are many individual square panes of glass (called lites) that allow more light than traditional windows. Another huge appeal of French doors is their design. Having two doors that open outward makes your home feel luxurious and the traditional French door design goes with many different home design styles.

When selecting a French patio door design, you need to measure not only the opening but the outswing area. Be sure there is plenty of room for the swing of the door and that the door being open will not disrupt any part of your patio design. You have the option to add screen doors with your French patio doors, but this will require the screen doors to outswing and the French doors to swing inside the house. Again, double check there is enough room for the doors to swing into your room. For an extra touch of elegance, consider installing patio French doors with sidelights.

Other Patio Door Design Options

There are multiple other patio door design options for your entry onto your patio. Some of the many options include:

  • Accordion Patio Doors
  • Bifold Patio Doors
  • Center Hinged Patio Doors
  • Center Swing Patio Doors
  • Collapsible Patio Doors
  • Double Patio Doors
  • Folding Glass Patio Doors
  • Frameless Patio Doors
  • Gliding Patio Doors
  • Patio Doors with Sidelights
  • Retractable Patio Doors
  • Sunrise Patio Doors
  • Swinging Patio Doors

For a full list of the types of patio doors you can choose from, visit our Patio Doors page on Door Systems, Inc.

Patio Door Materials

Once you have your style selected, consider the different types of materials you can choose for your patio door design. These materials go beyond matching your home design and also provide a practical application.

Vinyl patio doors are extremely energy efficient and require very little maintenance on behalf of the homeowner. Vinyl is also extremely long lasting and goes well with multiple decorative glass options for your patio doors.

Fiberglass patio doors are another low maintenance door option that can be painted or stained to suit your home design. Likewise, fiberglass patio doors come in a variety of textures, all of which are resistant to peeling, warping, or dents that traditional door materials get.

Wood patio doors provide a variety of design options to go with any home design with a stunning architectural appeal. The wood material does not limit the glass decoration options unlike other door materials and it is easy to customize the patio door design.

Aluminum patio doors provide great durability since the material is resistant to rusting or developing mildew in bad weather. While there are options for glass decorations, aluminum patio doors are more suitable for durability and do well on commercial properties or lake houses.

Steel patio doors are incredibly strong and durable against any element or situation. They are perfect for security and come in wood grain finishes to add a design element to your home. The insulation in steel patio doors help bond the surface to prevent air leaks, making them energy efficient. The material is also resistant to rotting, warping, and shrinking with the elements.

If you are interested in viewing more options for patio doors, visit the Door Systems, Inc. showroom to see photos and sample doors as well as receive professional door design guidance.

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