How to Pick the Perfect Patio Door for Your Home

The exterior of your home comes together when every aspect complements each other. Your patio door can have a huge effect on the overall aesthetic of your home. And with so many options and designs to choose from (from sliding to swinging to French) it’s important to know how to pick the perfect patio door for your home. At Gentek, we offer a full line of patio doors to suit any home style. Our patio door collection includes Novatech, Sunview and Gentek 170 and 6500 Series patio doors. Here’s how to pick the perfect one for you.

1. Determine Your Needs and Decide Your Style

Determine the main objective for your patio door. Is it to create better functionality? Improve aesthetics? Let more light in? Improve energy efficiency? And what style are you going for? This should be based on the rest of the home. You want to make sure your patio door style complements the interior and exterior of your home and its surroundings. Keep this in mind when deciding on the colour, finish, hardware, and other design elements. Once you know your need(s) and the style you envision for your door, it will be easier to choose one that suits your home.

2. Consider Furniture Placement and Surroundings

If you’re investing in a patio door, you want to make sure the one you choose works with the rest of your home. Swinging and French doors need room to open, so you have to consider your furniture and wall placement. A swinging door may work well in some spaces, but others will require a sliding door. If you’re space is small, consider a single swinging door or sliding doors that can fit in tight spaces.

3. Materials Matter

Another aspect to consider when it comes to your patio door is the material of the door itself. Depending on the function of the door (whether it’s more for aesthetics, or will be used as a high-traffic area) you’ll require different materials. Vinyl is a great choice if you’re going to have a lot of traffic through the door and you want a low maintenance door that won’t chip, blister or split. You can also opt for a PVC, aluminum, or wood door, depending on your needs and style.

4. Put Energy Efficiency Top of Mind

Patio doors are made up mostly of glass, so you’ll want to make sure your door is as energy efficient as possible. Quality patio doors will offer heat and cold resistance and withstand strong winds. This will create energy savings for you and ensure the comfort of your home. Low-E glass helps lower energy bills and prevent UV fading. High efficiency should be top of mind when choosing your patio door!

5. Use a Trusted Contractor

If you’re putting in a patio door, make sure to use a trusted contractor who will do the job right. A good contractor will ensure you make the right decisions for your home so you can rest assured knowing you’ll have quality products and service. Gentek works with leading contractors across the country who ensure your product and installation needs are met. Find one close to you before you get started!

If it’s time for a new patio door, use these tips to find the perfect one for your home!

How to Pick the Perfect Patio Door


Your front door isn’t the only entrance you need to think about when constructing or re-modeling your home. Your patio door allows access to your backyard or patio, and has an aesthetic impact on both the interior and exterior of your house. You want to make sure your patio door not only looks great, but is functional, energy efficient and works perfectly for your space.

When choosing the perfect patio door, there are a few key things you need to consider that you might not have thought about. Read on to make sure you have everything covered in your patio door search!

All About Functionality

Your patio door has to be functional for your space. If the entrance to your backyard or patio is tight, a sliding door that opens and closes on a track system will be more functional than a swinging, hinged door. If your space is more generous, outswing doors are ideal. And if your space is at a premium, a bi-partnering door with an expanded opening will brighten up your home and extend your living space.

Think About Style

While functionality is key, style is at the top of mind for most home owners. You want patio doors that compliment your home and fuse your indoor and outdoor space. In many homes, patio doors serve as a focal point, so you want them to catch the eye in the best way. Think about color, material, frame width, panels, whether you want decorative glass, etc. Depending on the style and decor of your house, choose patio doors that work with the design.

Kid and Pet-Friendly

If you have kids and/or pets, your patio doors need to be able to withstand wear and tear. Pets often paw at the door when they want to go in or out, and kids’ toys can leave scratches on painted or wooden door frames. If you’re worried about chips and scrapes, choose doors with plain vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum to maintain their desired look.

Consider Your Lifestyle

Do you love throwing big gatherings on your deck? Are you going to outfit your patio with furniture so your family and friends can mix and mingle? Make sure whichever patio door you choose gives you space for these gatherings and doesn’t restrict the flow. Take into consideration how much space you need for clearance and how the doors will affect the movability of your patio.

Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind

It’s really important to choose energy efficient patio doors for your house. This will save you money, provide comfort to your home, and it never hurts to help the environment! Windows and doors might not actually use energy, but they play a significant role in heat loss. Materials like vinyl and wood are very energy efficient, while Low-E (low emissivity) glass is 

designed with material that repels ultraviolet rays in the summer and absorbs them in the winter.

Are you looking to construct or remodel your patio door? Gentek has a wide variety of patio door styles in stock! Visit your local Gentek dealer to find the style that suits you and your home!