Dec 09, 2023

How to Shop for a Patio Door

Shopping for a patio door is hardly an everyday task and can be completely overwhelming.  Two of the most important choices you’ll encounter are the style and the material of the patio door.  Below, we’ve compiled a cheat sheet to make this task easier!

Patio door on a home installed by Lindus Construction

Patio Door Styles


This door configuration, when opened, swings inward so that the patio space is not compromised.  They hold up well against heavy winds because the stronger the wind, the stronger the seal becomes when pushed against the jamb.


Homeowners that opt for this style appreciate their pliability.  They cover larger areas than conventional options, and provide an uninterrupted gateway to an outdoor space.


This style wins favor with homeowners because it allows an abundance of natural light to filter into the home.  These sliding patio doors are installed flush with the wall and do not swing outward, keeping your furniture free  of harm. Because of their clean lines they work best in contemporary homes, and for a more luxurious look you might want to consider French door grids.  Learn about the pros and cons of sliding and French patio doors.

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Patio Door Materials


Patio doors made out of wood provide an upscale look.  Most scratching can be easily fixed.  However, they can come at a higher cost than other materials, and may not be as energy efficient. Wood patio doors require significant upkeep to ward off fading and deforming as weather conditions fluctuate.


Homeowners that opt for steel patio doors appreciate their ability to hold up to nature’s elements.  Though not as aesthetically pleasing as wood they are more energy-efficient, and they are also lower in price than wood patio doors.  Some drawbacks to this material are that it is prone to indentations and can be scratched easily. There is also the chance that you may potentially burn yourself when opening or closing the steel door on a hot day.


Manufacturing technology for fiberglass doors has created a look that closely imitates the look of wood while still making it low maintenance.  Unlike wood, there is no concern of warping or disintegration.
Patio door on a home installed by Lindus Construction


This material is inexpensive, yet energy efficient.  It  holds up well against moisture.  Unlike wood, it does not need to be resealed, painted or stained, making it low maintenance


Lighter than steel, aluminum is even more prone to denting.  However, its sleek look makes it an ideal choice for modern homes.  A common complaint about aluminum patio doors is that it can easily become water stained.  Frequent cleanings can cure this problem, but neglecting to do so can result in corrosion.

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Patio Door Reviews:

"I have used Lindus Construction for many home improvements over the years—LeafGuard® Gutters, SeasonGuard windows, doors, a new deck, and garage insulation. They have always been very professional, treating both me and my home with great respect. As a single female homeowner, I never, ever felt like they were taking advantage of me! Everyone, from the scheduler to the salesperson, to the installers, and even their own inspector, Josh. Lindus is the best!"

Ginnee B.
Prior Lake, MN
December 22, 2023

"Lindus came and installed 3 windows and a patio door for my wife and I. We choose to go with their SeasonGuard windows because of their insulated frames. Our ground level room temp now after new windows were installed is way more comfortable than before. My wife is literally obsessed with the patio door and the ease that comes with it! I can’t wait to finish off the rest of the windows next summer!"

Brandon L.
River Falls, WI
December 4, 2023

"We had sliding glass doors replaced and window removal work done.  The two crews were personable, knowledgeable, efficient and worked really well together - all done in one day. It has left us ready to tackle another project with Lindus in the spring."

Allen & Monica B.
North Oaks, MN
November 3, 2023

"Lindus just completed another project for us. I highly recommend this company. From our salesperson to the installers we couldn’t be happier. Great communication and within our timeline. Thank you all."

Bill P.
Amery, WI
October 16, 2023

"A sincere thanks to you for your solution to my door.  Much appreciated!"

Emily A.
Shoreview, MN
August 18, 2023

"Five-star experience for our windows, door and gutter project!"

Allison S.
Falcon Heights, MN
August 9, 2023
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