Four Principal Considerations For Your Patio Door Design

Posted on: 22 August 2014

The front door of your home is perhaps the most important entryway into your home, but your patio door sees a lot of use too. You may have children who enjoy playing in the backyard, or you like to entertain guests on your patio. If you're replacing your home's old patio door, or getting one installed in a new home, you'll have a lot to think about. Ease of access, security, and space requirements are just a few things you'll need to consider when purchasing a new patio door. Make the right choices, and you'll end up with a door that you love.

1. Space and Size

The amount of space you have near the patio entryway may determine the style of patio door that's most appropriate. If you live in a smaller home where space is limited, for example, you may want to opt for a sliding glass door or pocket door. Sliding doors have two halves; one half slides against the other to allow you to enter or exit. Pocket doors, on the other hand, slide directly into the adjacent wall, which can free up even more space (although they may be more difficult to install). 

If space isn't a big concern, you may want to choose fancier designs like French doors. French doors are made up primarily of divided glass panes, and you can choose to have the doors swing either in or out. Make sure to measure the space around the doorjamb before you install doors like these so you know there will be enough room to have them swing in the direction of your choice. Click here to investigate more on French doors.

2. Privacy and Security

If you're worried about people peeking inside your home through your patio door, you may want to pick a door with few or no windows. Another simple solution would be to install blinds or curtains on the door. That way you can maintain your privacy while still having the chance to let sunlight in occasionally. What's more, you can choose from a variety of designs and styles for these accessories, such as Venetian blinds, Roman shades, or shutters.

If you're more worried about security, you might want to get a door with an advanced locking system. French doors, for example, can have three-point locking systems that keep them extra secure by locking the door to both the sill and the head jamb. Sliding doors and pocket doors can make use of traditional key lock systems for security.

3. Standard or Custom-made

If you live in a newer home, your entryways are most likely the standard industry sizes, meaning it will be easy to install standard-sized doors. If your home is older or of a unique design, however, you may need to have the door custom-made by a professional to fit the entryway. The type of door you want to install will also affect determine whether a standard installation is possible. Pocket doors may require extensive reworking of the part of the wall next to the entryway, and this is also best done by a professional.

If you're more of a DIY person, a standard installation is probably your best bet. Custom installations are extremely difficult for homeowners unless they have a great deal of experience with home building.   

4. Color and Materials

Last but not least, you'll want to decide what materials to use for the door (and any glass panes it may have). For instance, solid wood doors are sturdy but may require more maintenance, while sliding glass doors are easier to get dirty. 

As for color, you'll probably want it to match the interior or exterior of your home, unless you want a contrasting color to make the door pop. You'll have many options when it comes to the actual design of the door, so pick one that suits your tastes and personality.