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What to Consider When Purchasing Patio Doors

With the kind of weather that favors serving dinner outdoors, many Scottsdale homeowners are investing in upgrading their patio area. Naturally, one of the most important factors in the design and remodeling of a patio are the patio doors. Your patio doors can set a welcoming tone for guests to step outside, create a clean entrance way, and smoothly incorporate your outdoors with your indoors. While there are many options available for patio doors, there are some factors to consider before making your purchase. We have assembled a short list of considerations to help ease the buying process.

1.   Styles:

When choosing your preferred patio door style, be sure to consider both their aesthetics and functionality. Designers have created a multitude of options but the most common doors on the market are: sliding patio doors, swinging patio doors, and folding patio doors.

-Sliding patio doors – These doors are the most popular and widely purchased. They allow a fair amount of light to enter your home and are also easy to maintain. Depending on the size of your entryway, your sliding doors can consist of two or more individual panels.

-Swinging Patio Doors – Also known as hinged patio doors, swinging patio doors are somewhat similar to standard doors. They typically use full view glass panels and can often be found in a “French door” style. This option is an optimal choice if you are aiming to have as much open space as possible.

-Folding Patio Doors – Similar to an accordion, folding patio doors neatly fold away allowing full access to your patio. Like the sliding doors, the size depends on the space you have available. Folding doors are typically available with two to eight leaves.

2.   Materials:

The material of your patio doors can significantly affect their overall cost, look, and maintenance. You can find many options available, each with their own pros and cons. Some of the materials available are:

-Aluminum – Incredibly lightweight and sturdy, aluminum is one of the most cost efficient materials on the market. Aluminum is also corrosion-resistant and can hold up well against harsh weather.

-Vinyl – Another durable material, Vinyl is considered one of the most energy efficient offerings on the market. They are also incredibly low-maintenance as they never fade, peel, flake or rot.

-Fiberglass- Fiberglass does a remarkable job of imitating wood, without requiring the same level of upkeep. This material holds up particularly well in the hot Scottsdale climate.

– Wood – While available in a variety of wood types and colors, wood does have a tendency to require more maintenance than the other materials. Wood windows are fairly sturdy but do not handle weather damage as well as the other options.

The best way to make an informed purchased on patio doors is to speak with a door and window professional. At Freelite Inc you can have a free consultation with one of our experts to ensure you go home with the perfect patio doors in Scottsdale, AZ. Call us at (602) 233-1981 or visit us at 331 W. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.