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What Is the Best Type of Patio Door?

Is your patio door in good shape? If you’re using it more to hang outside on your patio or deck, you’ll want to make sure it’s in top condition—attractive and performing well.

Do you need a new door? With all the choices available, it can be tough to figure out which style and material is right for your home. This is where professionals can help—but we’ve put together a short guide for your convenience!

What Type of Patio Door Should I Buy?

It’s a something many homeowners ask—and it’s a good question. Sliding vs. hinged. French doors and other styles. Various materials. You have a wide range of options. The two main factors to consider are material and type.


Fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, steel and wood are all commonly used building materials. Here at Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati™, we recommend fiberglass and vinyl, which are:

  • Energy-efficient
  • Durable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Complementary to any style


The two main types of patio doors are sliding and hinged/swinging.

Hinged, or swinging, patio doors are like traditional exterior doors. French doors can offer a beautiful, distinct look to any room.

Sliding patio doors—also called gliding or bypass patio doors—slide open and closed along a track. They work well in any sized room since they don’t take up any interior space, tend to be extremely energy-efficient and offer expansive views.

Sliding doors tend to work better in smaller spaces, but it really comes down to personal preference.

Patio Door Installation in the Cincinnati Area

If you want to replace your old patio door with a new sliding one, look to the team at Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati™. We install French, center hinged and vinyl sliding patio doors from Therma-Tru. These doors (depending on the collection) have:

  • Attractive, innovative designs
  • Weatherstripping, corner seal pads and bottom sweeps
  • High-definition embossing
  • AccuGrain technology (the process uses multiple dies to produce different graining types to cast the appearance of real wood, for homeowners with that preference)

Ready to replace your old patio door? Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati’s™ doors are as beautiful as they are durable and energy-efficient. Contact us to learn more about our services or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation for your door replacement project!

Products We Install
Home Garage Doors

We install steel, wood and aluminum garage doors perfect for any home.

Commercial Doors

No matter your commercial garage door needs, Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati™ has you covered.

Garage Door Repair

Need garage door or opener repair? Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati™ can help.

Exterior Doors

We install front, storm and patio doors from leading manufacturers.

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