Before installing a patio door, consider its durability and energy efficiency.
Choose a patio door with a sturdier frame made from wood, fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum. These doors add classic elegance to any home, and they are easy to repair if a break-in occurs. However, if you're on a tight budget, you can consider purchasing a cheaper model that doesn't have all of the features you'd like.
Sliding patio doors are designed to be opened horizontally and accommodate spaces with limited space. These patio doors have panels that slide from side to open. Sliding patio doors allow for a more flexible interior layout. They don't protrude from the wall when they're open, so you'll have more flexibility to arrange your rooms. Regardless of their design, they're easy to install and provide a high-quality finish.
Depending on the style and material, installing a patio door may be a simple task or require a professional. French doors, for example, are hung from hinges on the doorframe, and therefore must be measured and supported at the bottom during installation. Otherwise, the weight of the doors will tear them from their frames. Similarly, installing a wooden door might require hiring a contractor. Nonetheless, it's worth the effort to avoid mistakes that may damage your property or cause a burglary.