Patio Doors Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions we often get about Patio Doors. If you don’t find an answer to your question please contact us!

The standard size of a two-panel patio door is 80 inches by 72 inches. But no two homes are exactly the same so give us a call or ask for a quote and we’ll help you out!

With many design options and a range of sizes, that really depends on what you are looking for and would be impossible for us to answer here. We can definitely provide you with a quote after getting a bit more information, so please contact us or request a quote.

The main difference between a french door and a patio door is that a patio door slides open on rollers and french doors have two doors that swing open with hinges. Both tend to have large glass panels to allow the maximum amount of light and view exposure. Fun fact: the french door probably came from Italy originally.

A terrace door is very similar to a french door, except it has a sliding screen to prevent bugs from entering the living space.

Learn more about our Vistador patio doors here.

Our answer probably won’t surprise you: it depends. If you have a smaller living space, a patio door may be a better fit because it doesn’t open into your space. Patio doors can also have a narrower frame, resulting in more glass for light and view. Another advantage is that patio doors tend to provide better energy efficiency.

However, if you need to move large items in and out, the french door’s two-door opening may come in handy. French doors also don’t require a bottom rail, as patio doors do, so there is minimal risk of tripping. And if you are the entertaining type, you can open both doors to form a continuous indoor/outdoor space. Finally, french doors can be easier to open than patio doors for older folks or children.

Patio doors can be made from a wide variety of materials and combinations of materials. These materials include wood, vinyl, fibreglass, steel, and aluminum.

We offer both all vinyl and vinyl-clad wood patio doors, each has a maintenance-free vinyl exterior. For the all vinyl patio doors, you can enjoy the ease and clean lines of vinyl on the inside & out. For the vinyl-clad wood option, you will appreciate the best of both worlds: an exterior that can withstand the snow and ice of Canadian winters, and an interior that has the warmth and beauty to fit your home’s decor.

Learn more about our Vistador patio doors here.

We are happy to offer service for Pollard Windows & Doors products, if your patio door should require repair please contact us.

If the door is not completely level, this could be the problem. There are adjusting screws at the bottom on the interior side of the door. Turn the screw on the low side so that the door looks level. If it still sticks, try raising both sides slightly.

If this doesn’t work you’ll likely have to carefully remove the door and check the rollers for excess debris or disrepair. Clean and lubricate or replace the rollers and you should be good to go!

First, you should clean the glass fairly regularly to keep grime from building up. Here’s how:

  1. Try not to clean the glass when it’s exposed to direct sunlight
  2. Soak the glass surface with soapy water to break up grime and dirt
  3. Clean the glass from top to bottom, using water similar to the weather temperature and mixing water with vinegar
  4. Use a paper towel for a streak-free finish

You should also do a few other things on a regular basis:

  • Inspect the weatherstrip around the door frame for cracks or tears that may be causing air leaks
  • Clean the hardware with a soft cloth – for non-bronze materials, use water and mild detergent; for bronze, use light mechanics oil (wipe off after several minutes)
  • Lubricate all moving parts
  • Assess if door is level – if not, make level with adjusting screws at the bottom
  • Clean rails on which the patio door slides

Other Questions or Concerns?

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