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Frames for Exterior Patio Doors

With so many choices in door type, configuration, design, colors and finishes you’re probably not alone if your patio door installation project has you a little overwhelmed! This article is aimed at helping you to decide on the best frame for your exterior patio doors

The three most popular types are wood, aluminum and vinyl patio doors, and each will have their own strengths and weaknesses depending on your tastes and style, lifestyle, surrounding climate, and budget. To help you navigate, here are some factors you will want to consider:


As far as natural beauty goes, it’s hard to beat real wooden frames. Depending on your tastes and style, there are a multitude of tree species to choose from with various finishing options. If you prefer a clean, contemporary style, aluminum and vinyl patio doors come in a large variety of colors and finishes to match your décor. In fact, you can even opt for aluminium patio doors with a woodgrain finish to give you the beauty of wood minus the upkeep.


Aluminum doors are known for requiring minimal upkeep, so if you have a busy, on-the-go lifestyle, it is a great choice. Likewise, vinyl frames are also virtually maintenance-free, and a quality vinyl door is made to be resistant to peeling, flaking, rotting and corroding. While wooden frames do require some regular maintenance to retain their original look, they have the advantage of easy repairs for any small scratches and nicks that may occur.


If you live in a region with extreme climates, aluminium patio doors are a great choice. Not only are they durable enough to withstand extreme weather and temperature fluctuations, they’re also extremely energy efficient. Vinyl frames also offer excellent thermal performance and are great for keeping the heat or cold out if you live in a region where temperatures don’t fluctuate too dramatically because extreme temperature shifts can cause the vinyl to crack.


All other factors being equal, vinyl frames are usually the most affordable choice for your patio door installation. With technological advancements, vinyl doors today look just as stylish as other more expensive materials and provide excellent performance as well. Aluminum patio doors are also very cost-effective, coming in a close second. As expected, wood patio doors are the most expensive with some wood choices being pricier than others.

The Folding Door Store

We carry the largest selection of bifold patio doors and have extensive knowledge and experience within the Southern California area. We would love to help you navigate all the styles and options you have when undertaking your exterior patio doors project.

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