Home design trends focus on outdoor living more than ever so it’s only natural that you’d want to begin your backyard or deck renovation with the perfect patio door. Ease of access, optimal viewing area, and elegant styling are just a few reasons why more homeowners are choosing to put a special focus on new patio doors. The team at Milano Windows and Doors has assembled this handy guide to help you pick out the perfect patio door for you and your family.
Importance of High-Quality Patio Doors
Selecting a high-quality patio door is important because it will greatly affect your home’s security and ability to conserve energy, ultimately saving money on your utility bill.
Don’t settle for something less than you deserve. Do your research or ask one of the qualified patio door professionals at Milano Windows and Doors to help you decide which of the many patio door options is right for you.
Choose Your Style
Every time you go shopping for a new door, start by thinking about what style you’re going for. Most homeowners decide to get a new door for several reasons including improving the look of the home, making the home more functional, or repairing the damage done to the door.
You may also want to let more natural light in, save energy, and cut down on your utility bill. Then, you might have an existing style theme that you want your new door to match aesthetically. The design professionals at Milano Windows and Doors can help you properly measure the space and offer any guidance to reach your patio door goals no matter what they are.
Review Types of Patio Doors
There are several types of basic patio door styles that you can choose from. Here’s a description about each to help you make your decision:
Sliding Patio Door: A typical sliding glass patio door is made from two panes of glass beside each other, each the size of a door. They sit on a track and slide from side to side. Sliding patio doors are great for a room where there’s not a lot of space because nothing swings into the room! It’s the perfect option for cabins, cottages and condo balconies. Milano Windows and Doors has Toronto’s top team of sliding door installers standing by to help!
Hinged Patio Door: With a hinged patio door, you get the maximum natural light like with a sliding patio door, but the doors can be formatted to swing into the room or towards the outdoors. They hold up great in all weather conditions. Sometimes people refer to hinged patio doors as “traditional doors.”
Folding Patio Door: Folding patio doors allow you to cover up a large entryway. It can be made from several different materials. These doors can also be used to separate large indoor spaces to make an additional classroom or office space.
French Doors: These are one of the most elegant-looking styles of the patio doors. Hinged and very functional, they are a great choice for your entryway and even separating interior rooms.
Consider Glass Choices
There are many factors to consider when you’re choosing glass for your patio doors.
The patio door windows can range in color, texture, style, level of energy efficiency, amount of security, and what kind of weather and or temperatures you’ll be dealing with on an annual basis.
Consider Door Materials
Several materials can be used to construct your patio door and we can work with any budget or project specifications you may have. Here are some of the most popular materials homeowners request:
Wood: People tend to like the traditional look, but a lot of work is required to stain and seal the door to protect it from mother nature. Even with a good maintenance routine, wood will eventually bend to the elements, showing signs of wear and tear and warping.
Steel: Metal is very sturdy, but a more expensive option. It’s also susceptible to dings and dents over time.
Vinyl: Vinyl is the most cost-effective material for your patio door. It’s strong, lasts a long time, holds up to harsh Canadian winters and barely costs you anything to maintain on an annual basis.
Get Down to Details
Aside from general structure and glass types, there are other small details to consider including hardware. There is an endless selection of finishes, materials, and colors for you to choose from.
Whether it’s heavy brass or brushed nickel, there is something out for every homeowner to love and call their own.
Choose Energy Efficient Option
If you invest to switch to a more energy-efficient patio door, you are guaranteed to see savings in the long run. This is because you’re automatically driving down your hydro bill with this option.
Your windows and doors have been estimated to cause approximately 25% of a home’s heat loss so it’s important not to overlook this crucial feature of your house or condo.
Look for Improved Security Features
To increase your privacy, look for patio doors with built-in blinds. You could also consider frosted glass depending on the door’s placement and what’s on the other side.
In terms of locks, you can opt for latches, deadbolts, or a variety of other locking options to keep your family safe.
We’re a windows and doors company that cares. If you need patio door installation or patio door replacement in Toronto and the GTA, call Milano Windows and Doors for all of your patio door needs. We are the GTA’s most trusted provider, installer, and designer of patio doors in the region.
Our team of certified patio door installers will work closely with you every step of the way on the project. We are fully licensed and insured so you know that every door we install is going to hold up to local building codes and regulations. Contact Milano Windows and Doors today for your estimate.