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Choosing Your Patio Doors

We are so lucky to live in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona where we get gorgeous weather all year round. What better way to enjoy the weather than with welcoming patio doors?

Patio doors, when chosen correctly, can quickly become the most loved part of your home. They offer easy access to your outdoor space and clear views of natural light, plants and the sky. Modern patio doors available today offer energy efficiency and high-quality locking mechanisms for better security.

However, as with any home construction situation, choosing patio doors may be overwhelming as there are a large variety of types and materials. Use this guide to help you choose the best patio doors for you and your Phoenix home.

Patio Doors’ Designs

The design or style of your patio doors depends on your preference in function and aesthetics. There are three main types of patio doors that offer different benefits in both categories:

1) Swinging Patio Doors, or hinged patio doors, are very similar to everyday exterior doors. They are available with full or partial glass paneling for ultimate outdoor viewing, and are typically hung in center fashion with each door swinging outward from the central pole. Here at Freelite Inc, we offer swinging patio doors in French door styles for a classically beautiful aesthetic.

2) Sliding Patio Doors are the most popular type of patio door as they are easy to install and maintain. Otherwise known as bypass or gliding doors, sliding patio doors brighten your home with tons of natural light. Sliding patio doors typically have two or more panels with one of the panels tuned to slide in and out on hidden rollers.

3) Folding Patio Doors are another popular option because they allow for an extra-wide entrance to your outdoor area. Functioning like an accordion, folding patio doors slide in and out on a hidden track and fold away on the sides. Folding patio doors can have up to eight leaves, and generally also come with glass paneling for outdoor views and natural light.

Common Patio Door Materials

The design of your patio doors is just the first choice. You also get to choose the type of material your patio doors are made from. The basic types of patio door materials are:

Fiberglass – Fiberglass looks and feels like natural wood, but does not require as much maintenance. Fiberglass patio doors are durable for any type of climate.

– Wood – The most classic material for patio doors, wood is visually appealing and strong. However, wood requires a lot of upkeep in terms of painting and checking for mold.

-Vinyl – Vinyl is a plastic material that offers energy efficiency, durability, and visual appeal for your patio doors. Its climate-resistant construction does not fade, peel, flake or rot on harsh weather.

While your patio doors material choice is up to you, we here at Freelite Inc. encourage our clients to enjoy Phoenix AZ vinyl patio doors. Vinyl patio doors are durable and easy to maintain, even in our sometimes intense Phoenix weather.