Monday, October 17th, 2016 by James Hartkorn
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Patios are a luxury. Outdoor living spaces can make or break the sale of a home for many potential home buyers. If you have an outdoor living area, you’ll definitely need to think about patio doors. Patio doors really do quite a lot for the home: they add natural light and make your home feel bigger by providing a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living space. They add value to your home because many new models are energy efficient. Another benefit for you, the homeowner, is that they’re relatively simple. At LeafGuard, we want you to make the most of your home. Check out our quick patio door guide to help you get started and our maintenance checklist to keep those doors running smoothly.
Different Kinds of Patio Doors
Sliding doors are probably the most popular style patio doors because they let in a lot of light, have modern, straight lines that go with all decorative styles, are simple to maintain, and can fit smaller indoor or patio spaces. If you have limited space for your patio door, the sliding door is your best option. Sliding patio doors come in a variety of materials, but the most popular is vinyl. It’s the most cost effective and extremely easy to maintain. As far as function goes, typically one door slides and the other stays fixed, but they can be made so that both doors slide, depending on what works best for your space.
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Hinged or French doors are a beautiful option for your home if you have the space to accommodate them. They also have a few benefits that sliding doors don’t have: options. You have many more options and style preferences than you would have with sliding patio doors. French doors can be embellished with decorative touches such as window grilles and/or arched tops. You can choose to have them hinged in the middle (hinged style) or on the side jambs (French style). Some of these options will work better with the specific space you have, so you should consult with your door provider if you should go with a hinged or french style.
French Style Patio Doors
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Hinged Style Patio Doors
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Let’s say that you have lots of space in your home and a large patio. Accordion doors are an amazing, dramatic accent if you have an entire wall to spare. Basically, these doors facilitate indoor-outdoor living by removing the obstacle between your home and patio–the wall. When they are closed, you’ll enjoy an entire wall of floor to ceiling windows; think of all that gorgeous natural light shining into your home! When you want to open these patio doors, they fold (much like an accordion) and sit flat against the side jambs, hardly noticeable.
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Patio Door Maintenance
Although these are different styles of doors, the maintenance for these doesn’t vary too much. Think of your patio doors as huge windows, so the rule of thumb with maintaining patio doors is to perform the same kind of maintenance on your doors as you would your windows. Here’s a checklist to help guide you in keeping your doors running smoothly:
Patio doors are almost as essential to your home as your gutters. Once you’re done checking out different patio door options, check out LeafGuard’s maintenance-free gutters!