Your guide to choosing a patio door

If you want to purchase a new patio door for your home, you should consider both its appearance and function. A patio door affects the look of a house, its energy efficiency and the amount of natural light let in. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your selection.

Its advantages

Patio doors we carry offer different functions and options such as security features, low-E glass coatings for peak energy efficiency, green options to reflect heat back to its source, perfect-slide wheels for easy opening and closing, smooth gliding action for quiet and easy operation, heavy-duty design with steel reinforcement, triple glazing and much more. Contact us now to know more about the features!

 

The type of door

There are three main patio door styles you can choose from, each with their own benefits and potential drawbacks.

 

Sliding.

This is the most common type of patio door, and with good reason. A sliding glass door lets in a lot of natural light and provides an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Although you don’t need indoor or outdoor space to accomodate a swinging door, the two panes of a sliding door take up considerable wall space.

 

Garden Doors

are a popular type of swinging door used for patios. However, a single door can be a stylish alternative if there’s a lack of space. This style usually includes a pane of glass that lets in natural light but offers a more limited view than other options. You also need to have enough room to swing the door open.

 

Bi-fold.

We don’t carry bi-fold patio doors but here are a few words about it. It’s less common as a patio door, this is a visually striking option. Since a bi-fold door folds up against the wall like an accordion, it can be opened completely. This makes the transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces seamless.

 

The material used

A patio door can be made from a variety of materials, including:

 

Wood.

We don’t carry this product. We only carry vinyl. Wood patio door is a popular choice because it’s widely available and adds natural beauty to your home. However, wood is susceptible to weather damage and needs to be stained or painted every few years to protect it from the elements.

 

Fibreglass.

We don’t carry this product. We only carry vinyl. This is a good alternative to wood because it can imitate the look of natural grain but requires very little maintenance. Fibreglass is also quite energy efficient.

 

Aluminum.

We don’t carry this product. We only carry vinyl. This is a lightweight and low-maintenance option. Although it’s resistant to the elements, aluminum can be easily dented.

 

Vinyl.

This material is well-suited for windows and patio doors alike because it’s affordable, energy-efficient and low-maintenance. Vinyl can also be manufactured to look like wood, without the risk of weather damage.

 

Its energy efficiency

Any time you install a new window or door, it’s an opportunity to make your house airtight and more energy efficient. Investing in high-quality materials allows you to reduce your heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.

 

Your source for patio doors in Ottawa

Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors offers top-quality products and professional installation services. For more information or to request a free estimate, contact us today or drop by our Nepean office to speak with our experienced staff.