What Type of Patio Door Is Best?

Now that it’s summer and you’re spending more time outside, you are probably using your patio door a lot more. Is yours in good shape?

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Your patio door should not only look good but also function well. Do you need a new door? Having difficulty determining which style and material is right for you? A door replacement company will be able to help. But we’ve put together a short guide for your convenience!

What Type of Patio Door Should I Buy?

It’s a question many homeowners ask—with good reason. Sliding vs. hinged. French doors and other styles. Different materials. You have a lot of options. The two main factors to consider are material and type.


Steel, vinyl, aluminum and wood are all commonly used building materials. Here at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie, we recommend vinyl. Vinyl doors are:

  • Energy-efficient
  • Durable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Complementary to any style


The two main types of patio doors are sliding and hinged/swinging.

Hinged, or swinging, patio doors—usually in the French door style— take up more space and aren’t ideal for smaller rooms or tighter floor plans. They are similar to traditional exterior doors.

Sliding patio doors—also called gliding or bypass patio doors—slide open and closed along a track. They work well in any sized room since they don’t take up any interior space, tend to be extremely energy-efficient and offer expansive views.

Sliding doors tend to work better in smaller spaces, but it really comes down to personal preference.

Patio Door Installation in the Indianapolis Area

If you want to replace your old patio door with a new sliding patio one, look to the team at Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie. We install high-quality sliding patio doors from Great Lakes Window. These doors:

  • Are available in 5-, 6- and 8-foot, two-panel width and 9- and 12-foot, three-panel width configurations
  • Are energy-efficient (they have fusion welding, heavy-duty weather stripping and insulated glass)
  • Aren’t as vulnerable to frost and condensation buildup
  • Provide expansive views
  • Have a smooth gliding panel for easy entry and exit
  • Maximize security
  • Are available with optional key lock finishes—brass, oil rubbed brass and satin chrome

Ready to replace your old patio door? Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie’s doors are as beautiful as they are durable and energy-efficient. Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation for your door replacement project!