When you choose upgrades for your home, you want to make thoughtful selections that will add to your home’s value and functionality. Patio upgrades, such as choosing a replacement door, are one way to make your outdoor living space more attractive and functional. Here are our top tips for choosing a new patio door.

Consider Materials

Patio doors are manufactured from many different types of materials. The material you choose will have an impact on the door’s durability and lifespan. According to Angi, patio doors typically last about 30 years or more with service, depending on the material chosen. Patio doors commonly come in vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass.

Consider Dimensions

Another thing you should consider is the dimensions of the doorway and the configuration of the space. Some patio spaces need a sliding door because they lack the clearance room for a swinging door. When you talk with a contractor about a replacement door, be sure to discuss these details.

Choose the Right Style and Color

You also want to get a replacement door that works with the style and colors of the rest of your exterior design. Because a patio door connects your indoor space and your outdoor space, you also want to consider something that will tie these two spaces together. You want a patio space that complements your home and doesn’t clash with it.

Budget Appropriately

It’s difficult to complete any type of home upgrade without considering the budget. Most homeowners are working on a budget, so their choices for a replacement door will be impacted by the costs involved. Patio doors come in a variety of prices. You should talk with your contractor early on in the renovation process to make sure they are aware of your budget concerns and capable of meeting your needs for your desired price.

Plan for Maintenance

You’ll also want to consider the amount of maintenance that a specific type of door might entail. Most patio doors are made to be fairly low maintenance, but you still want to discuss this detail with your contractor to ensure you’re getting a door that is aligned with your expectations.

If you’re in the market for a replacement door for your patio, please contact River Valley Window Company today. We are happy to help you choose the perfect replacement door for your needs.