One of the most important features of your home isn’t actually with its four walls: It’s the landscape. Whether you have a suburban lot or live in a city townhouse with a small garden and patio, your connection to the land is important. Taking a walk or spending some time outside can improve your mood and overall health. Even even if you don’t have time for a full-blown hike, you can reap similar benefits by just looking at the nature.
To strengthen the connection between your indoor life and the outside world, glass patio doors can make a huge difference. You’ll add more natural light to your surroundings and you’ll give yourself a great view. They’re also perfect for entertaining, so you can create a great flow to your patio or deck.
French Doors or Sliders for Patio Doors?
Once you’ve decided to move forward with installing patio doors, the next steps would choosing the aesthetics and functions you want for your patio doors. Here are the pros and cons of the two most popular patio door styles to help get you started: French doors and sliding doors.
French Doors: French doors swing open on hinges just like a traditional door, but they typically come in pairs and are hung in such a way that you can double the size of the opening if you open both doors at the same time. These are a great look for older homes or for recreating historic properties, especially if they have divided lights. You can choose doors made with wood that can be stained or painted to match your decor as well.
Sliding Doors: Sliding doors, on the other hand, look great in more modern homes where a clean, sleek look is required. They are compact space-savers that also fit into smaller homes with ease. Best of all, you can easily add stationary windows to flank your sliding doors to create a wall of light that lets in the view.
Once you’ve chosen the basic type of door you would like for your patio, you’re ready to shop around for one that has all of the specific features you want. In addition to choosing a door for its good looks, consider the following:
- Low-E Glass: Low-e glass has an incredibly thin coating applied to it that minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared rays that come through the glass. This coating acts as insulation to help keep your heat indoors during the winter and keep your house from overheating in the summer. It’s a smart investment, especially if you have your heart set on a whole wall full of windows on the sunny south side of your house.
- Screens and Storm Doors: Do you need an extra layer of protection to keep insects out in the summer? Are you worried about protecting your home from the harsh winter winds? Not all patio doors work well with screens and storm doors, so consider how you plan to use your patio to help decide if these features are ones you need or ones you can skip.
- Professional Measurements: It’s always a good idea to have a professional review your project and take careful measurements before ordering your door. They know all about adding the correct allowances for trim work, and they can advise you about whether you have enough space for those French doors. Don’t forget that you’ll need room for them to swing open!
When you’re ready to talk patio doors, we’re here to help! Contact us with all your questions, get some free advice or set up a time to get those measurements taken care of today.