Have you decided it’s time to purchase a new sliding patio door? Are you wondering what’s next? Here are three things to think about before making your patio door purchase.

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3 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Sliding Patio Door

1. The size of your sliding patio door.

The size of your patio door will affect the cost. So, you’ll need to measure the patio door opening to a rough estimate of how much your new door will cost. We recommend leaving this step to your contractor. They’ve had experience with this before and will know exactly where to measure to ensure you get the right sized patio door. If you’ve never hired a home improvement contractor before, click here for some helpful tips on how to hire a contractor.

2. Your patio door frame material.

No matter where you live, a sliding patio door will be tested by the elements. From cold and snow to rain and heat, you want a patio door that can handle the weather where you live. That’s why we recommend vinyl patio doors. Vinyl doors offer amazing thermal performance to help lower energy bills and stand up to extreme weather conditions. And best of all, vinyl doors require very little maintenance. Your door frame and sash will never need to be repainted.

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Sliding Patio Door

3. Your patio door style.

French doors… sliding patio door… what’s the difference? French doors swing open. If you’re interested in this type of door, you’ll want to make sure you have the clearance to open the door. A sliding patio door is better for homes that have smaller spaces. Learn more about the difference between these two patio door styles here.

Want to learn more about patio doors? Read 5 Reasons Your Home Needs a Patio Door.