If your patio doors are looking worn, are no longer closing tightly, or are beginning to leak, your best bet is probably to replace them. Patio doors have come a long way in recent years, and today's models are more efficient and better-looking than ever before. However, you might initially be overwhelmed by your options when shopping around; there are just so many different types of doors! Making the following decisions before you start shopping can help.
1. Do you want wood, composite, or vinyl?
Although there are replacement doors made from other materials, these are your three top choices. Vinyl tends to be the cheapest. It's durable and low-maintenance, but it doesn't look very unique or stylish. Wood looks the most authentic, but it has a higher price point and requires quite a lot of maintenance to prevent chipping and rotting. Composite looks like wood, is very durable, and is usually made from recycled materials, but it is expensive and also heavy. Weigh your preferences and budget to pick the material that is right for you.
2. Do you prefer hinged or sliding doors?
You do not necessarily have to stick with the style of door you already have. It's pretty easy for installers to modify a door opening so that you can have a different style of door. If you are tired of having to leave space in front of your hinged door, maybe switching to a sliding door is a good idea. If you currently have a sliding door but have always thought it looked too modern for your home, this may be your chance to switch to a hinged door.
3. Do you want full glass panels or grilles?
Some people really like the idea of their patio doors being one consistent, uninterrupted piece of glass. Other people think such large doors need more character, so they prefer that the glass has a grille over it. It's really a matter of preference, but it is best to decide whether or not you want a grille before you start shopping so you can narrow down your options. Keep in mind that a grille can add some stability, so it might be the better choice if you live in a windy area.
After you make these decisions, you can begin shopping for your patio doors. The replacement door company's employees should be able to answer any questions you have.