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Tips for Choosing Proper Patio Doors for Your Home

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Your home is a reflection of who you are. It compliments your personality with vibrant or neutral colors, letting in natural light with large windows, and providing your family with comfort and stability year round. One of the most complimenting features of a home is the patio doors.

Choosing a patio door seems simple in theory, but can quickly become a larger task, especially when you take into consideration all aspects of decision making. Thankfully, Legend Windows addresses some of the most common concerns to think about before purchasing a patio door. Let’s dive into all you need to take into consideration when choosing a new patio door.

Things to Consider When Buying a Patio Door

Just like a front door adds character and curb appeal to your home, the patio door ties that character together from front to back. When choosing a patio door, take these tips into consideration before making a final decision.


Door frame materials are a crucial part of tying your aesthetic together. From wood to vinyl to steel, most door frame materials can be customized to look just about any way. Here are a few door frame materials you can choose from:

  • Aluminum
  • Solid wood
  • Steel
  • Metal
  • Vinyl

Each material ranges from inexpensive to high-end, leaving you with varying options. Steel and metal are popular choices for those who are looking for a thicker, stronger door for added protection. When it comes to inexpensive but durable and aesthetically pleasing materials, aluminum and vinyl are the smartest options.

Glass Preference

Complimenting your patio door materials are the second most important aspect, the windows. Whether you’re looking to let in as much natural light as possible or would rather provide a bit more privacy, there are several glass options available. Some options include:

  • Frosted glass
  • Decorative glass
  • Clear glass
  • Custom patterns or shapes
  • Stained glass

One major thing to take into consideration when choosing the glass for your sliding door is temperature. If you live in a particularly warmer climate, frosted or tinted glass will help with rising temperatures and lowering your HVAC bill each month. On the other hand, if you live in an area that’s prone to cold fronts and harsh winters, clear glass will help allow the sun to naturally warm your home, leaving your HVAC unit to function at its normal speed. 


Once you determine the material and glass for your patio door, things will begin to take shape. But, it’s important to think about color, texture, hardware, and locking mechanisms. Choose from bright vibrant colored paint or a simple stain to match the current decor of your home.

Additionally, you’ll need to take safety into consideration. Locks on patio doors can be as simple as pushing a button located on the bottom of the track, or as complex as multiple deadbolts at the top. Though locking mechanisms are designed to keep unwanted intruders out, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t match your well-crafted patio door. Choose from brushed nickel, copper, silver, and a plethora of other materials to complete the patio door’s look.

Types of Patio Doors

Unlike most contractors, Legend Windows remains patient with both our customers and our crafter. Installing a door and frame that suits your home sits at the top of the list, along with your overall satisfaction. Take a look at some of the options we offer for patio doors.

French Doors

French doors offer a way to enhance your open floor plan and add a touch of elegance to your home. At Legend Windows, we offer double and single-pane french doors as an easy access for high traffic areas and entertainment.

To learn more about our patio door options, click here.

Sliding Doors

Design your space without limitations when you choose sliding doors from Legend Windows. Sliding doors allow you to design your space without having to consider the space a typical swinging door takes up when opened. Sliding glass doors are made up of full-glass panels that let in large amounts of natural light and make access to the outdoors simple.

To learn more about sliding glass doors at Legend Windows, click here.

Custom Doors

Custom doors straddle the lines between any style, but in the end, what makes them custom is how they fit the mold of your request. At Legend Windows, our customized capabilities offer customers limitless possibilities, from the choice of materials to the shape, size, and function.

To learn more about our custom door offerings, click here.

Patio Doors from Legend Windows

We want your home to be a welcome and inviting place for all who enter through the doors. Our experts at Legend Windows take every patio door installation just as serious as they would their own. Turn your home into the palace you’ve always dreamed of by installing a new patio door to greet guests as they walk in from the backyard. When you trust Legend Windows to provide a unique, tailored door for your home, we believe it’s our duty to give your installation 100% of our efforts.

Make Your Home Your Own with Legend Windows

At Legend Windows, we always place your needs above all else—ensuring your happiness throughout the entire process. Our installers have years of experience and are dedicated to helping you create a home you love, one window, door, gutter, and siding installation at a time. Schedule your free consultation today or call us at 205-568-1357.