While sliding patio doors traditionally have led from a dining room or family room to the backyard, they are currently growing in popularity in second floor bedrooms leading to a patio or balcony. This surge in popularity can be attributed to improved glass technology mitigating both heat loss and heat gain, as well as the amount of natural light that floods the room they are attached to.
Over the past 5 years there has been a renaissance for exterior sliding doors and patio doors, with new styles being introduced to the market. The hinged patio door has become very popular and differs from traditional sliders in their ability to swing in or out. There are also gliding patio doors which can be comprised of multiple panels, allowing you to fill larger exterior walls with multiple bifolding door sections. This type of door is often seen in restaurants to expand the seating area onto a patio or deck for warmer seasonal use.
If you are interested in a new sliding patio door you have few different options to consider, but a lot of your decision will be based around the materials that the doors will be made of. The least expensive are often doors made out of aluminum, which are easy to maintain and will never show signs of rust.
Vinyl sliding glass doors are also very low maintenance and are usually a more energy efficient option, as they include insulated glass and factory installed weather stripping.
Finally, there are wood-clad sliding doors that can have aluminum, fiberglass, or vinyl exterior coatings, but still have the warm wood look on the inside. These doors are often the most ascetically pleasing and the exterior coating will help the wood weather better in harsher environments.
If you are in the market for a new sliding door, have the professionals at Adorn Home Improvement stop by to provide you with a consultation to help you decide which type of sliding glass doors would look best in your home. Visit them online at www.adornhomeimprovements.com.
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