Patio doors typically last about 30 years and can last even longer with service. That’s an impressive lifespan, but how do you know which door is the right one to commit to for the long haul? Patio doors are more than just a way to get to your yard — they’re part of a home’s aesthetic and security. There are three main types of patio doors to consider, and the one you choose should really be based on a balance of security and aesthetics.
Hinged doors, also called French doors, are the quintessential patio door. They are a classic, sturdy, and secure choice for most homes. They are typically sold in a set of either two or three panels, only one of which opens on a hinge like a regular door. The remaining panels are essentially large windows. However, you can also find French doors in which both sides open — a double door — and those book ended by large glass panels.
French doors are also a popular choice due to security, as the standard door mechanism allows them to have both a deadbolt and a knob lock. These doors come in a variety of colors and the border of them is typically vinyl, wood, or aluminum.
Sliding patio doors are a great way to save space on a smaller patio. They also lend a home a slightly more modern aesthetic. That said, they can be finicky and, if knocked off-kilter, will not slide easily.
Unfortunately these sorts of doors are a little more difficult to make truly secure because the locking mechanism is very simple. It’s often more effective to place a removable bolt through the base of the door or to place a bar on the inside, so the door can’t be opened.
Bifold doors hinge and fold like an accordion. These are also a good option for tight spaces as they don’t require much room to open. Many bifold doors also come with a standard hinged door for a quick entry or exit.
Bifold doors have a dual locking feature, making them more secure than standard sliding doors while still providing a panoramic view of the outdoors. Most are made from vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum.
So, which patio door is right for you? To learn more about your options, contact us today!