When choosing patio doors, there are many elements to consider, including the style. However, the material of your patio doors should also factor into your decision as this can mean the difference between patio doors that increase your energy bill or become damaged when the temperature changes.
Patio door materials come in several different types, including wood, fiberglass and vinyl. However, some types are better than others.
Here are the best options for those choosing patio doors in all-season climates:
Fiberglass patio doors are made out of glass-based material, but this is not obvious to a casual onlooker. In fact, fiberglass patio doors can be designed to mimic the appearance of wood, which is a benefit for those who prefer elegant looking patio doors. In addition, fiberglass is perhaps the most energy-efficient material due to its durability. This means your energy bills will likely be a lot lower.
Fiberglass patio doors are dent resistant and require virtually no maintenance, which is not something you will find in other types of materials. It won’t warp or fade under mild or extreme changes in weather, and offers a very modern curb appeal.
Vinyl is ever-popular these days and for good reason. Vinyl patio doors are generally more attractive than steel patio doors. One of the biggest benefits of vinyl patio doors is the fact that they are very energy-efficient. They also won’t be damaged during changes in temperature, and is often very inexpensive.
While steel patio doors might not be as attractive as wood patio doors, they won’t warp or fade under changes. Steel is also fairly low maintenance unlike other types of patio doors.
Steel does require somewhat regular painting, otherwise it can rust, however, this is a simple task. Steel patio doors are also fairly energy efficient given that they provide good insulation. They are one of the least inexpensive types of materials.
Wood patio doors are some of the most attractive – they are elegant and give a classic and timeless appearance. Scratches can be repaired easily. Some types of wood, depending on the quality, can be more durable in changing weather conditions than others. In short, invest in high-quality wood windows and you will not regret it.
To get the most of of your patio doors, don’t forget to consider the type of material being used. If you are considering replacing your patio doors, contact our team of professionals at Heritage Home Design for quality door installation.