Buying Doors for a Patio

One of the best ways to add light, beauty, and convenience to your home is to install patio doors, or have them added to your home's design at the start by your Brunswick County homebuilders. But, many homeowners choose not to go this route because for years, these types of doors were notorious for causing air to leave the home and water to enter it.

Thankfully, those days are long gone. Today's patio doors are energy efficient and built with innovative locking mechanisms that improve security and well-designed flashing systems to help prevent water from getting inside the home. The modern patio door has been so thoughtfully re-invented that you're going to find the biggest challenge is choosing which type of door to add to your home. Hopefully, this guide will help.

Different Styles of Patio Doors

Patio doors come in a wide range of styles and designs. They can even be custom-built for one-of-a-kind installations. But, for the average homeowner, there will usually be three distinct styles to choose from – sliding, folding, and swinging patio doors.

Sliding patio doors are arguably the most common types found in most American homes. This type of door features two (or more) glass panels in which at least one of the panels slide back and forth on a roller-based track system. The panels on a sliding patio door move side to side so they don't impede on the room's square footage when open. This type of patio door is also called a gliding door or bypass door.

Folding patio doors open up accordion-style, thus creating very large openings to the outdoors. When opening, the panels slide on an overhead track where they fold up against each other on one side. This type of patio door can range in size from two to eight panels, thus allowing for a variety of custom configurations.

Swinging patio doors are similar to French doors. Both panels open straight out because they're hinged at the side jambs. When the door are closed, they latch in the middle in an astragal that's mounted to one of the doors. When the doors open, the entire area between the side hinges is clear.

Energy Efficiency Considerations

If you're interested in your patio doors being as energy-efficient as possible, then the type of glass that's used makes a difference. When you're choosing your new patio doors, it's a good idea to look for Low-E glass windows with UV coatings. The door should also have a high R-Value and low U-Factor.

Patio Door Materials

When you're shopping for patio doors, you're going to find they're made from a wide range of materials. Which one you choose depends on what you're looking for and what factors are most important to you. The following are some of the most common materials you'll find being used for modern patio doors.

  • Aluminum – Aluminum is strong, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant. It is also a good choice for virtually any climate and it's one of the least expensive options available for a patio door system.
  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass is one of the most popular materials used to manufacture patio doors because it can stand up to just about anything. It can also be manufactured to look and feel just like wood.
  • Vinyl – Vinyl is another popular option because the material is very durable and capable of standing up to the elements. Plus, the finish and color of vinyl will never fade, rot, or peel.
  • Steel – Steel is one of the more economical choices and it is extremely strong and durable. But, it does require occasional maintenance, especially in wet or damp climates.
  • Wood – Wood patio doors are typically made from wood species like fir, pine, alder, or mahogany. These doors are among the most beautiful made, but they do require significant maintenance in order to keep up their appearance.
  • Clad-Wood – Clad-wood patio doors feature a strong metal layer over a wood foundation. This provides extra strength and helps eliminate maintenance requirements.

Get the Home You Want With Trusst's Brunswick County Homebuilders

One of the benefits of working with Trusst Builder Group's Brunswick County homebuilders is that your finished home is going to be exactly what you want. Because your home is being custom-designed and built from the ground-up, you have the luxury of picking and choosing the features and finishes you want in your home, right down to the style and type of patio doors.

Call Trusst Builder Group today at 910-371-0304 to schedule a consultation with one of our Brunswick County homebuilders. We'll design and build you the home of your dreams on-time and on-budget.