What to Know Before Buying Patio Doors

Sleek patio doors with dark windows and dark trim

With hot summer weather on the way, nothing’s better than stepping outside and relaxing on a sunny patio. The right patio doors will not only make it easier to get outdoors, but they will also showcase your unique sense of style and improve your property’s functionality and value. That said, there are dozens of options available on the market, and it can be challenging to find the perfect patio doors for your space. If you’re considering upgrading your home with new patio doors, here’s what you need to know before shopping around.

What to Consider When Choosing Patio Doors

Beauty and style are probably the first things you think about when looking at different patio doors. However, there are a lot of other factors you should take into consideration to get the best results possible:

  • Durability: While most people use their patio doors more in the sunny summer months, year-round weather here in the Pacific Northwest is often rainy and harsh. All of your exterior doors should be durable enough to perform well even during our cold and wet winters. 
  • Ease of operation: A great sliding patio door will glide effortlessly when you open or close it. The last thing you want is a door that gets stuck or only opens partially. When selecting an option for your space, try to test out the door to make sure it works as easily as it should.
  • Maintenance requirements: Though all exterior doors require some cleaning and care to look their best, some require a little more maintenance than others. Selecting one with a material that is fast and easy to clean will save you time and effort in the long run.
  • Energy efficiency: Doors and windows play a big role in the energy efficiency of our homes. Your patio doors are no exception. Look for products that can help conserve energy to make it easier for your heating and cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature all year long. 

Material Options for Patio Doors

The material you pick for your patio doors will have the biggest impact on durability, maintenance, and energy efficiency. While there are a lot of good options available, here’s an overview of some of the most popular materials:

  • Vinyl is a great choice because it is affordable, strong, and available in different colors.
  • Aluminum has risen to popularity for its sleek, modern look and easy maintenance.
  • Fiberglass is loved for its durability and advanced energy efficiency.

Not sure which material is best for your patio doors? Don’t worry! At Lifetime Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of high-quality products that use dependable materials. Our team of experienced craftsmen can discuss your needs and goals to help determine which option is right for your space. 

What Are Moving Glass Wall Systems?

Moving glass wall systems are unique alternatives to traditional patio doors. They are customized to fit your space and stretch all the way from the floor to the ceiling for a continuous glassy look. With 3 to 6-panel configurations and stacking, pocket, or bi-fold doors, there are endless style and design options. If you want to showcase your view, then a moving glass wall system might be the perfect solution for your home or business. 

Your Local Experts

If you want to transform your space by adding a new patio door or a moving glass wall system to your home or business, we can help! For nearly 25 years, we have worked with clients across Oregon and Washington to open up their spaces with new exterior doors. Our reputation for quality workmanship speaks for itself. If you’re ready to experience Pacific Northwest living with the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living with a new moving glass wall system or a new patio door, call us today for a free estimate!

Popular Patio Door Options

Summer and fall are beautiful in the Pacific Northwest and it’s the best time to sit outside and enjoy your yard space. If your patio needs an upgrade, don’t forget to include a great new patio door for your space. No matter what your specific style preference is, there’s a patio door to match it! Here are some of the most popular patio door options this year.

Vinyl patio doors:
These are usually the most common patio door options. They are affordable, durable, and are great for a variety of home styles. Sliding doors are a good option when space outside is limited. There are customizable options available too, just talk to our team about what we can do to find the right one!

Fiberglass patio doors:
Fiberglass patio doors are beautiful and built to last a long time. When the weather changes, they won’t expand or contract very much, which helps with energy efficiency. They are strong and resist rotting and are available in swinging or sliding styles.

Moving glass walls:
Moving glass walls are a stunning way to make a statement in your home – especially if you have a small area that you want to brighten up with natural light and views to the outside. We carry moving glass wall systems come in 3 to 6-panel configurations with pocket, stacking, and bi-fold doors. They’re crafted with aluminum on the structure and frame and are fully weather stripped to ensure no outside air gets in. They open and close seamlessly because of the tandem stainless steel ball bearing rollers. The moving glass wall option truly transforms spaces!

We love working with homeowners to upgrade their living space. We are happy to provide free quotes on any time of door replacement project, too! We proudly serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are, then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment scheduled.

What You Should Know Before Replacing Your Front Door

Your front door serves not only as an entrance and exit, but also as a first impression for your guests. It gives people an invitation to enter your home and see the unique character of the space. So, making sure your front door is practical but also reflects your unique style is important. Here are some things you should know before you replace your front door.

Know your materials.
Whether it’s aluminum, wood, vinyl, or fiberglass, we carry the type of doors you’re looking for!

Fiberglass:
These are built to withstand for years without showing wear. They come in different colors and can be painted.

Aluminum:
This is one of the most popular door materials because it’s durable and affordable. It’s resistant to weather elements and insects and can be painted whatever color you prefer.

Wood:
One of the best choices for a front entry door, a quality wood door adds classic beauty to any home.

Vinyl:
This is an affordable thermal resistant option that is very durable. These are commonly used for patio doors and are available in folding, swinging, or sliding options.

Know your style.
When looking for a new front entry door, it’s important to look at your home’s overall architectural style. Is it a farmhouse, Craftsman, or modern home? It is helpful to pick a door style that blends into the overall theme of the home rather than picking something that stands out as different.

Know your budget.
Doors can range in price, but our team at Lifetime Windows and Doors is committed to helping you find the best option in your budget! Do you have a unique entry area that may need a customized door option? No problem. We offer a variety of options from Therma-Tru, Milgard or Simonton.

So, whether it’s a standard sized door or something more custom, we can get the job done quickly and on-time. Contact us today for options on what door could be best for your space!

Contemporary Home Remodel Ideas

If you are a homeowner that is about to embark on the journey of remodeling, you are probably doing lots of research on the details of the process. Figuring out styles and preferences is the fun part and choosing contractors for the specific projects takes time and energy. If you love contemporary home styles and are ready to remodel your space to reflect all things contemporary, we can help.

Windows and Patio Doors:
Patio doors and windows add so much to a remodeled space because they allow natural light in to brighten each room. Contemporary style patio doors and windows have thinner frame profiles in order to maximize the view. Picture windows, moving glass walls, and large doors are some of the most common contemporary styles that can play off the rest of the home’s design. Windows are often left uncovered to let in lots of natural light and glass panels are common to make the indoor and outdoor mold together a bit. Window shapes in contemporary homes are generally rectangular with straight lined grid patterns.

Hardware:
When it comes to remodeling, the details matter, especially the little ones. Once you have your new windows and doors installed, decorating with hardware can accent the space more. Contemporary design is all about clean, smooth surfaces, so ask us about window locks that have hardware that do not protrude like traditional styles. There are door latches that are integrated into the rail, so they look flat and smooth and other “smart” locks that are integrated into window frames, too.

When you combine your new windows and doors with updated interiors with neutral colors and furniture that has square lines, it will add balance and symmetry to your contemporary space.

Ready to get started in your project? We’re happy to provide free quotes on replacing your worn windows or doors with new ones that are energy efficient and insulated. We are proud to serve Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas, as well as Central Oregon and Southwest Washington. Whether it’s new windows or doors, new siding, or a roof replacement, our professional team can help you get your home updated and beautifully contemporary. Visit our specials page to see what our current specials are, then contact us today for information on how to get your appointment on the books with us.