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What to Consider When Buying a New Patio Door

At Window World of Boston, you can expect only top quality patio doors. If you’re buying a new door, there are many things to consider such as what is best for you, your home, and lifestyle. These should be your top considerations when shopping around for a patio door:

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Your Living Space

The size and configuration of your outdoor living space determines what types of patio doors you should consider. For example, you don’t want an outswing hinged door for a small patio or balcony. In this case, you may be better off with a sliding or inswing door. A bi-parting door may be a better choice if the view is a priority.

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The main styles of patio doors on the market include:

  • Sliding patio doors: Let in ample natural light and easily slide back and forth on rollers. The doors are essentially large panes of glass, one sliding in fron of the other, meaning limited space isn’t affected by inward or outward opening doors.
  • Swinging/hinged patio doors: Operated like a standard door, a swinging patio door usually opens inward. It has full view glass panels and is hinged on either side. French doors are a type of swinging door hinged at the side jams, so both panels meet in the closed position.
  • Folding patio doors: These operate accordion style via an overhead track. Configurations range from two to eight leaves, so large openings can be covered. When folded, the door is completely out of the way. Materials include vinyl, polyester fabric, and wood.
  • Bi-parting patio doors: Consist of two identical glass door panels placed adjacent to the patio door on both sides. Bi-parting doors can expand a patio area and open up the view.


Popular materials include solid wood, which provides the most natural look. Oak and mahogany are common. Although prone to fading and warping over time, wood can be stained and sealed for protection. Steel, the strongest of materials, comes in different gauges and can be made to resemble wood. Aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass are also popular materials patio door installers are familiar with.


Today’s market is filled with glass choices, ranging from clear glass to decorative or frosted privacy glass. Window panes on the door can be configured as one large pane or small panes with symmetrical or geometrical designs. Depending on where you live, you may want glass that is better at absorbing, deflecting, or transmitting sunlight. Extreme temperature and high impact glass options are also options to consider.

Energy Efficiency

Many types of patio doors can contribute to your home’s efficiency and reduced energy costs. The right door depends on your climate. Look for ENERGY STAR ratings and factors such as Low-E glass, R-Value, U-factor, and UV coatings.


You might consider aluminum, brass, and other metal hardware to personalize the design of your patio door. The type of lock affects usability and security. There are deadbolt style locks and handles operated with a button or lever. You might also add blinds, curtains, and other coverings to add privacy.

Contact Window World of Boston for Patio Door Installation

Offering top quality patio door installation services in the Boston area, we can help improve your home, its environment, and efficiency. Window World of Boston ensures the comfort of your home during any season, and guarantees proper installation by certified professionals, while our unbeatable financing options help you afford the doors you need. Call us today to learn more.

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