Nothing is better than being able to step directly from inside your home onto your beautiful patio on a warm, summer day. If you find yourself doing this often, or if you have pets that you let in and out from your patio door several times a day, you may notice that your patio door isn’t in the same shape it was a few years ago. If it’s time to replace your patio door, it’s important to know what your options are before making a decision on what kind of door to invest in. Continue reading for more information on the different patio door options that we offer here at Omaha Door & Window.

Sliding Patio Doors

There are several benefits to having a sliding patio door. Most importantly, they don’t take up any room in the interior of your home or in the patio itself when open. They tend to be a little less expensive than swing doors as well. They are easy to use and come with a screen so that you can keep bugs and dirt out of your home, while still enjoying the fresh air and sunshine when your screen door is shut.

Swing Doors

While slightly pricier than sliding doors, swing doors seal up better and offer more security. They have a better lock system and are easy to open and operate. This is especially important if you have children in your home who may have a harder time opening and closing your sliding door, which can lead to damage and injuries.

A swing door can open into your home (inswing) or out onto your patio (outswing). While it may seem advantageous to have an outswing door, keep in mind that this means that you won’t be able to install a screen on the door.

French Patio Doors

French doors are a less conventional patio door option that can add style to your home. With most patio doors, one side of the door stays stationary. However, with a French patio door, both panels of the door can operate. This allows for more fresh air and light and the ability to move furniture in and out of your home. French doors do not offer the option of a screen unless you also install a storm door to the exterior.

Wood vs. Vinyl Patio Doors

The two most common materials for patio doors are wood and vinyl, both of which offer different benefits and drawbacks. Here are a few of the reasons to consider each for your patio door.

Wood: Wood provides a beautiful, classic look for your patio door. It’s easy to stain to match your home’s existing trim, and is low conductor of heat and cold. Wood does require more maintenance and is susceptible to rot and damage over time, which means that you’ll wind up paying more through repairs and replacement in the long run.

Vinyl: Vinyl is a lower maintenance option that is available in a wide variety of colors to match your trim and home. You don’t have to deal with the same rot and damage issues that you might with wood, so it generally lasts longer and has a better warranty. Vinyl is often available in wood grain options, so that you can get the same wood look for less. However, vinyl patio doors are usually only available as sliders, not swing or French doors.

Patio doors are also available in steel and fiberglass. Omaha Door and Window is proud to provide a large number of patio door styles and options to our customers, as well as topnotch repair and installation services. For more information, click here to visit our Patio Doors page on our website.

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