Choosing the best patio doors to connect your outdoor space

One of the hottest trends in home design is the extension of usable living space with outdoor rooms and completed patios, which are ideal for spring and summer entertaining. If you are considering redoing your backyard, you may need to invest in a new patio door to create a seamless transition from your home’s interior to the outdoor space. Below is a look at what you should consider as you make your selection for a new patio door.

Entry style

French doors are a timeless classic to connect the indoors with the outdoors. They can swing open wide for easy access when you have guests at home and maintain a connection between the spaces with open windows. For a more contemporary look, you might consider a sliding glass door or folding outswing doors.

Color and design

You can create a contemporary or traditional design, depending on the panel style of the door. Even if you choose sliding doors, you can achieve a more traditional look with wooden paneled sliding doors. Color is another area to play with for just the right look. Many patio doors come painted white on the inside with natural finishes or bright colors facing outside. Opting for color rather than a natural wood finish may give you more inspiration for your outdoor furniture and flower design.


Wood, fiberglass and vinyl are the leading choices for patio doors, and each offers its own unique benefits. Vinyl doors are affordable and versatile, and they will last for years to come. Fiberglass offers a greater variety of colors, with fade, blister and crack proof finishes. Wood is classically beautiful, but it does come at a higher cost and require more maintenance to look great through the years.

Opal Enterprises carries the leading brands of wood, vinyl and fiberglass patio doors to allow you to make the most stylish and energy-efficient selection for your renovations. To start your outdoor transformation with Opal Enterprises, call 630-355-6557 or visit their website.

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