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Energy Efficiency Showdown - The Best Patio Door Style

Posted on January 10, 2019

Rock Island Patio Doors

Patio doors are a great addition to any Rock Island home. Not only do they allow for easy entrance between the exterior and interior of your home, they are also a great way to let in light into your home. Furthermore, patio doors can often be used as a focal point in a room, or as a way to make your space feel bigger and more open and airy. With such great benefits, however, there are sure to be some detriments along the way. The biggest such detriment is the loss of energy through the patio doors, especially in the height of summer or winter. Because patio doors are mainly made of glass, they are going to be less insulated than a door made of steel with a foam core. However, certain patio door styles will be more energy-efficient than others, and should be the go-to choice for any energy-conscious homeowner.


Patio doors can be made out of different materials, which directly affects the energy efficiency of the door itself. Some of the most common patio door materials are wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. Wooden doors, while aesthetically pleasing and easy to work with, they do require significant maintenance and can lose some energy flow due to the natural porousness of the material. Aluminum doors are also a favorite amongst architects, due to their modern design and low maintenance requirements. However, they are not as energy efficient as some of the other materials you can choose. 

Vinyl and fiberglass patio doors are some of the most energy-efficient doors you can install in your home. Fiberglass doors require little upkeep and are built to last, so they are a great investment for your home. Additionally, fiberglass can expand and contract along with the glass of the door, providing additional strength and insulation. This will increase the energy efficiency of the door, reducing the amount of energy exchange that will occur through the glass panes of the door.


There are a few different styles of patio doors as well, and each has their own environmental advantages and disadvantages. Sliding patio doors are probably the most energy-efficient doors you can have - their construction is such that the air flow will be the most limited. As the doors don't open as much as other types of patio doors, the reduction of energy loss make this type of door the most energy-efficient on the market.

The other popular style of patio door is an outward or inward swinging door. These can be energy-efficient as well, although opening these doors will cause greater energy loss, due to the way the doors must open. Even though these doors aren't as energy-conscious as sliding doors, with the right construction techniques, and the right materials, an inward or outward swinging door can be just as effective at keeping your home's heating and cooling costs reduced.

Getting Started

If you are ready to get started installing new patio doors to save you money in the new year, or if you are just looking for more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to talk to you about our premium door technology and how our installation process guarantees a door that will stand the test of time. You can contact us by filling out our easy online form, or by calling us at (309) 762-6244 today!

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