The patio is where the best of the outdoors combines with the best of the indoors. Everything you enjoy about your patio, from summer-time barbecues to late-night chats with your best friends, rests on the nature of this space as a nexus between your home and the beautiful world outside. One key part of your patio is the door which allows for this space to do what you love. So, whether designing a whole new patio or just looking to update your home, you ought to put some consideration into your patio doors. Of particular note when designing a patio door in Toronto is the material you use in its construction; the material you choose will have a huge impact on the appearance and function of your door.
There are several materials commonly used in patio doors and similar fixtures, including wood, fibreglass, and several kinds of aluminium. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, and their value is usually reflected by their cost. The outlier in this regard is vinyl. When it was first introduced as a material for windows in the mid 20th century, it changed the standard for construction materials, especially for materials used in the construction of doors and windows. The bottom-line proposition offered by vinyl windows and doors is high effectiveness at a lower cost than other materials. But, there really are several reasons to go with vinyl as your material of choice when making your new patio door.
Vinyl is strong, durable, and resilient. Due to its chemical composition, essentially being a highly engineered and specialized plastic, vinyl will not only last, but stand strong for a long time with minimal upkeep. Further, it is not only resistant to the environment doors are meant to withstand, but it is also immune to the chemical and biological weaknesses of other materials that may be problematic in certain situations (Vinyl will not corrode, and it can’t be harmed by pest such as termites which can devastate a wooden door).
This material is also healthy for your wallet. Vinyl is cost effective on several fronts; it is relatively inexpensive as materials go, especially when compared to similarly effective materials, and with its longer lifespan, it will save you repair and replacement costs. On top of this, vinyl is considerably energy efficient, saving you on your heating and cooling bill. This is especially tangible when considering a patio door, which can be larger and more exposed than a regular door, creating a risk for energy leakage which is effectively answered by the qualities of vinyl.
Finally, it will look good, and stay looking good in the long term. Vinyl can come in many different, high-quality styles and finishes, to suit the exact aesthetic you want for any space. Being so durable, it will look clean and new without much intervention and any cleaning which may eventually be needed is simple and effective, restoring its ageless appeal.
Ultimately, the choice of a patio door material will come down to price, priorities, and preferences, but, whether you prefer it for its outstanding characteristics on paper, or the observable prominence of vinyl as a beautiful and functional material, the smart choice for your door is vinyl.