As with any kind of door for the home, your door can also be made of different materials. A door on the patio can be made of wood which is the most popular one. Wooden doors are popular because wood can easily blend in with both the interior and exterior of a house. French patio doors, for instance, has always been made of wood. Nowadays, though, you can also consider other materials such as fiberglass or even PVC doors for your homes patio. When choosing the kind of material, of course, you should consider the kind of protection that you will need. Be sure that your patio doors are protected from harsh sunlight, strong winds and rain. Also, you can consider having your patio screened so that the insides of your home can also be protected from insects and bugs.
As with timber, the quality of pvc frames available can vary - and generally, you get what you pay for. The better ones will usually be reinforced with metal, internally, for greater strength but the cheaper options can be a nightmare to live with - sticking, twisting, splitting, discolouring, warping - often within a very short time. Most usually supplied as white, some manufacturers offer limited colour options or wood effect finishes.
Generally, timber frames are considered more traditional and can look beautiful! Hard wood such as oak is, as the name suggests, far more hard-wearing than a soft wood such as pine. Weather, especially strong sun, can take its toll on timber frames which could need to be varnished or painted annually. Wooden frames can swell and shrink with humidity, therefore opening and closing doors can require force and gaps can allow draughts in colder temperatures.
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