When it comes to choosing the right finish and materials for your patio doors, the days of one-size-fits-all are, thankfully, no more. While the traditional white UPVC / glass double doors set-up can still very much hold its own, the technology behind sliding doors, patio and bi-fold doors has come on leaps and bounds in recent years.
Homeowners are more particular and more creative than ever before and the materials, designs and flexibility on the market reflect this. Now you can choose from a range of different materials when selecting attractive new doors to enhance your property and give easy access to your garden, patio, balcony or other outdoor space.
The four main materials suitable for sliding doors are:
You’ll need to consider both the style and design flexibility as well as cost, installation, energy efficiency and security. As this type of door clearly gives access from outside, make sure you ask your provider about the locking mechanism, the rigidity of the doors as well as how they will protect your home from unwanted intruders.
Finally, don’t forget about maintenance. You’re probably hoping to enjoy your new patio doors for years to come – so think about how much looking after each of the material options will require before you make a choice.
There’s a lot to think about, but a professional installer will be able to take you through your options and help you make the right choice at the right price.