New Patio Door? Find out What Milgard Patio Doors Work Best for Your Patio!

New Patio Door? Find out What Milgard Patio Doors Work Best for Your Patio!

February 15, 2019
Martin Whitmore, President of US Window & Door

Did you know the oldest door found by archaeologists is over 5,000 years old? Hopefully, you don’t wait quite that long before replacing your outdated patio doors with Milgard patio doors.

Having an interior and exterior space you love is an important part of creating a comfortable home life. Here we will break down some important tips to find the perfect patio doors for your home.

What to Consider Before Buying a Patio Door

While it may be tempting to grab a design you love from your favorite magazine and head straight to the showroom floor, it’s important to take some initial steps before picking out your patio doors.

Remember, your patio doors are an investment that can raise the overall value of your home. So it’s important to choose doors you’ll love for years to come.

Exterior Layout

The first step we suggest is mapping your exterior layout to get a better idea of the style of patio door that’s right for your home. Be sure to include any outdoor furniture, architectural layouts, sculptures, plants, or other features that may be obstructed by the opening of your door.

After mapping out your patio space you may find you’ll need to rearrange your exterior design or choose a style of a patio door that won’t get in the way of your current set up.


Next, you’ll want to consider how you’ll be using your patio door. While that may seem like an obvious answer, there is some insight to be gained by taking a closer look at your lifestyle.

For example, will the patio door be used by your children who will be going in and out of the house often? Will this be a place for your pet to come in and out? Do you entertain outdoors often and will need doors that allow you to get in and out easily, even with your hands full? These questions will help you narrow down the type of patio door that will work with you, not against you.


While you want patio doors that look great, you don’t need to add a list of additional chores onto your home maintenance list. Chances are you’ll want patio doors that require as little maintenance and upkeep as possible.

Not only will this free up your time, but it will also reduce the amount of money spent on materials, services, and replacements.

Energy Efficiency

The last thing you want to worry about with your new patio doors is a rising electric bill. However, not all patio doors are created equally. Some will help your home stay warm and others will have the tendency to let in a draft.

Which is why it’s so important to ensure the model you’re interested in is energy efficient. If you’re not sure, check out the energy rating on the side of the box or see if the model is ENERGY STAR certified.

Types of Patio Door Materials

Before you get into the style of patio doors, you’ll want to be aware of the type of patio doors that are available to you While there are a number of patio door materials available on the market, the most common materials are vinyl, fiberglass, and steel.

Each come with their own share of benefits and disadvantages that we will be taking a closer look at.


Vinyl has come a long way since it was originally introduced to the market in the ’70s. The material has now become widely known for its durability, low maintenance, and low pricing.

While some homeowners have concern over the style and look of vinyl, it’s important to know the material is available in more than just its signature white color. Thanks to it’s rising popularity many manufacturers have been producing the material in a variety of colors and styles


Fiberglass is the most “luxury” of patio door materials thanks to its strong material and high-end price tag. However, those looking for a long-lasting, highly energy efficient, and low maintenance option may choose to go in this direction.

Fiberglass is virtually indistinguishable from wood, without the disadvantages. Since most showrooms have to import fiberglass doors the price tends to be higher, but it’s possible to find a deal when shopping with a company that specializes in them.

Patio Door Styles

Finally, you’ll want to choose the style of patio doors that you’re looking for. The best style for your home will depend on your existing architecture, the amount of space your wall has and what’s most convenient for the members of your family.

Many homeowners lean towards the spacious and classic look of French doors. However, sliding doors seem to be popular in homes with limited space. When in doubt, a single opening door design works as well.

What Sets Milgard Patio Doors Apart

While shopping for your new patio doors you’ll find a variety of options from different retailers. One of our personal favorites is Milgard patio doors.

Not only do Milgard products come with a full lifetime warranty, but they’ve also been creating windows and doors for over 50 years Their products feature energy-efficient technology that can help you save on future electric bills while keeping your home cozy.

Choosing the Best for Your Home

Choosing Milgard patio doors is a choice that says you care about the quality that goes into your home. Why stop there?

Take the next step by checking out our blog on Pretty Patios to find more inspiration.