Selecting Your Perfect Patio Door in 4 Steps

By Great Lakes Window

A close-up look at one of our sliding patio door’s exterior. A close-up look at one of our sliding patio door’s exterior.

A patio door is not just a way to get in and out of your home. When chosen carefully it can enhance your home’s brightness with natural light, open your living space, and add design to your home’s exterior. Patio doors are the gateway between outdoors and in, but with today’s modern technology it is possible to find a door that is both stylish and functional.

To find the right patio door, all you have to do is follow these simple steps. When you’re finished, you’ll have a fantastic, high-quality door that is practically maintenance free.

Step 1: Understand Your Patio Door Budget

Patio doors are not the most expensive thing you could add to your home, but they are not particularly cheap, either. When you are pricing out patio doors, remember that replacing outdated doors and windows is a home project that generally earns its value back if you choose to sell your house in the future.

The ideal door is one that fits your budget but is not so much of a bargain that it will break or stop working well before too long. Remember that doors are an investment, so spend what you can on your patio door for the sake of longevity. You can look for rebates on energy efficient doors, consider financing, or check out government incentives and deductions to make the cost easier to handle.

Step 2: Select The Style of Patio Door

Patio doors typically come in two main options; sliding doors or hinged doors. We will focus on sliding doors, as these are Great Lakes Window’s specialty! And, sliding doors are a great choice in most homes.

Sliding patio doors are space savers, working in practically any indoor and outdoor configuration as they do not need to swing open or closed. They feature a large expanse of glass, inviting the outdoors in and allowing natural light to flood into your home. They provide easy access to your patio, deck, balcony or yard, making it all the easier to enjoy warm weather when it’s here.

Vinyl sliding patio doors are long-lasting and durable, withstanding weather and the effects of time. Much like vinyl replacement windows are a great choice for the homeowner who wants energy efficiency that lasts, vinyl patio doors have the same benefits and the same spectacular colors and styles. That brings us to the next step!

Step 3: Customize Your Patio Door

Not every vinyl sliding patio door is the same, and that’s a good thing. We have a lot of customizable options for your patio door, to make it truly the best choice for your home and your lifestyle.

The space you have available will inform some of your choices. We have two-panel doors in five, six, and eight-foot widths. Our three-panel doors come in nine and 12-foot widths, and our four-panel doors are available in widths of 10, 12, or 16 feet. Height options include 6’8”, 6’10”, and 8’ so no matter your space, we can accommodate it. In fact, our custom widths and heights ensure that your door is the perfect fit, anywhere.

In terms of style, try any combination of our designer glass, our exterior and interior colors, and our hardware options. Worried about security? No problem. Add a keyed lock handle and a footbolt for the greatest peace of mind.

From simple and sleek to ornate and traditional, our sliding patio doors are a perfect match for your style and will look like they have been there all along. We are committed to creating a custom solution that suits your needs.

Step 4: Contact Us!

All that is left to do is connect with one of our trusted dealers to get started. These window and door experts will consult with you to ensure that your budget, style, and customization choices come together with skill and style.

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