Patio Doors

Everything you need to know about patio doors

Patio doors are your entry into your outdoor living space — beyond the doors could be your pool, your garden or even your clothesline. But just because these doors are typically in the back of your house doesn't mean they can't be attractive.

Make sure your patio doors are cohesive with the rest of your home's decor and consider the frequency with which you'll use them. Some people use their patio doors only occasionally, while for others they act as the main entry into the home. Luckily, patio doors come in a variety of different styles and materials and can be customized in a number of ways to suit every home and need.

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French Patio Doors

French patio doors are the quintessential patio doors — two doors traditionally framed by two panels of full-length windows that give a formal look, as well as lots of light, to your patio and home. Sometimes, modern designers forgo the two window panels, particularly in smaller spaces.

Most French patio doors are hinged for a traditional look and feel, but it's possible to get sliding French patio doors that work just like an ordinary sliding door (moving along a track) but have the look of French doors.

One company that specializes in modern patio doors is Andersen. It allows you full control over the number of panels and type of door (hinged, sliding, etc.), and its interactive online display helps guide you through the selection and customization process. With the company's wide selection and focus on customer input, shopping for Andersen patio doors is easy and even enjoyable.

Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors have more glass in each panel, giving you a beautiful view every day. Two or three panels slide behind one another to give you easy entrance onto your porch, patio or deck, or into your backyard. Patio glass doors also let in a significant amount of light, making the inside of your home a little brighter naturally.

Sliding doors are easy to open and close and can be left partially or fully open without a prop, making it easy to carry patio furniture or barbecue supplies in and out. They can also include patio screen doors to give you an extra layer of protection against insects and other pests while still allowing the summer breezes into your home.

Installing Patio Doors

No matter which type of patio door you choose, you will have to either install it yourself or hire a handyman to do it for you. Patio doors are considered an advanced home improvement project, but the benefits of installing it yourself are numerous. Not only do you make sure you're getting exactly what you want, you can also feel free to make modifications — including installing patio pet doors to let the furry family members come and go as they please.