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Patio doors are an uplifting feature to any home. Their design is made to let in natural light which creates a more cheerful and safer interior space. Not only can a patio door enhance natural light, but it can also be a striking architectural accent. Not to mention, you will be able to enjoy an outdoor view and expend your entertaining space.

Patio doors come in two styles, hinged (or swinging) and sliding. Each style has its own fundamental differences, as well as unique style-specific features. Swinging patio doors are often enjoyed because they offer an elegant French décor. This is why they are commonly referred to as French doors. Sliding patio doors, on the other hand, offer straight, simple lines which create a more contemporary look. Personal style and available space will influence which style you select.

Several aspects should be considered before selecting your patio doors. One important aspect includes ventilation. The door style can affect the available ventilation. Swinging patio doors, for example, can consist of a pair of "active" doors or one active door and one fixed door. An active door is a door that can be opened. A pair of swinging patio doors that are both active give you much natural light and ventilation and having one fixed door offers only half of that ventilation. However, having one fixed door doesn’t limit the amount of light getting in.

Another important aspect to consider is the amount of space you have to work with. A pair of active swinging doors may offer great light and ventilation, but they require a good amount of room in order to function. This may be a problem is you have limited space to work with. Most people find that sliding doors work better for situations where space is an issue. Or, if you like the look of a swinging patio door, but space is tight; consider installing a center-hung hinged door that allows furnishings in front of the fixed panel.

Location and direction are additional key aspects. Before purchasing a patio door, you will need to figure out where the best place for your patio door is and also which direction you want the door to slide or swing. Look around for existing light switches and floor-register locations before making a final decision. You may need to relocate them if the door style or placements change. Furthermore, if you are putting a new patio door in a new location or installing one in place of a current window then you should install a new exterior light and switch for safety, security and convenience.

When it comes to the materials that your patio is made of, wood used to be the standard for swinging patio doors, and steel or aluminum for sliders. However, things have changed. Now you can purchase patio doors with wood at the interior and the maintenance-free protection of a vinyl, aluminum or steel cladding at the exterior. Fiberglass is also becoming a new favorite because it is virtually indestructible and maintenance-free. Unlike vinyl, it can be painted or stained. Fiberglass won't rot, ding, dent, rust, swell, rot, crack or warp like other materials do.

Lastly, you should pay special attention to the quality of the door you purchase. Patio doors are now being constructed with enhanced beauty and security; as well as ease of use, lower maintenance and energy-efficiency. Superior materials in frame, track, rollers, hinges and hardware now operate with little or no effort. Also, new energy-efficient frames, weather-stripping and glass options are putting an end to sweating glass, drafty doors and energy costs. Bottom line, better built doors translate to less maintenance, less hassle and more money in your pocket.

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