The Different Types of Patio Doors

July 22, 2022 Patio Design

A great way to connect your indoor and outdoor spaces is to install patio doors. They give you instant access and can let in much needed light to make your home feel bigger. Here’s a look into different types and some tips on installation and timeline.

Patio with traditional door

French Doors

These are a set of two hinged doors that close into each other. They can both be opened to widen access to the outside or one can be locked to give you flexibility of airflow. They typically consist of many small window panels that can be designed in simple patterns or more ornate depending on the style you’re looking for.

Tip: French doors can be combined with windows on either side to let in more light.

Pool and patio with french doors

Sliding Doors

These minimalist doors are great for a more contemporary look. They help save space by reducing the room needed for doors to swing out, and they let it more light since they are not obstructed by panels.

Pool and room addition with folding doors

Folding Doors

Also known as accordion doors, these are the ultimate way to create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors. They feature a sliding track that lets the door completely fold out of the way. While they are typically used in more modern or contemporary homes, they come in a variety of styles that can fit into any decor. 


  • Currently, 16-foot folding doors that collapse and open from the middle are a very popular option that many homeowners are installing
  • It can cost up to $30,000 for folding doors due to the price of the doors themselves and the complexity of installation.

Door Materials

Once you decide the style of door you want, you can then determine the materials used. 

  • Wood: typically used on french doors, they are the least expensive and most customizable option
  • Vinyl: they are energy efficient and have a low upkeep
  • Fiberglass: similar to vinyl, they are inexpensive yet solid and lightweight
  • Aluminum: they are durable against the elements and resist mold and mildew
  • Steel: the strongest option, they resist rotting, warping, and shrinking and offer great security 


  • You can combine materials by using decorative wood on the inside and a sturdier material on the outside
  • If your outdoor area is covered, you may not need more expensive doors since they are already protected from the elements
Outdoor eating area with big patio french doors

Door Installation

Once you’ve decided on your style and material, it’s time to install. Custom doors can take 5 months or more for delivery. Due to the complexity of installation, you should only use professional door installers to ensure proper structural support, energy efficiency, and protection from the elements. 

If you’re looking to give your outdoor space a new life, give one of our outdoor specialists a call at 281-265-1994 in Houston or 972-915-2727 in Dallas/Fort Worth. We can do it all, including custom patios and outdoor living spaces with premium patio doors installed by experienced experts.

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