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Purchasing and installing a patio door is an important decision as it affects the appearance of the patio itself and the interior room where the door leads to. You have many options to choose from: Wood, vinyl, fiberglass, or metal. Height, width, number of doors. Traditional or French-style doors. These options have multiplied as patio doors have garnered more and more attention from home builders, home owners, and home improvement contractors alike. They've become more energy-efficient and more decorative. Whether you're looking to install a new patio door or replacing or repairing an old one, here's a few things to consider.
Sliding vs. Hinged
The two main types of patio doors are sliding and hinged doors. Sliding doors tend to be more popular, as they don't use any additional space by needing to swing open. In addition, you can leave a sliding door cracked open and then push it open with your foot, a real benefit when you're serving dinner on your patio. Problems, however, can occur on the tracks they slide on, causing mild inconvenience or, in same cases, repair work.
Hinged patio doors look and operate more like traditional doors. If your patio is large enough to not need the extra space, you might consider installing a hinged door. (These doors can swing either in or out.) Hinged patio doors also tend to be cheaper, but not significantly cheaper, choices in size and materials will have a greater effect on the total cost of your patio door installation.