Maybe you’ve spent months or years painstakingly restoring a historic home. Or, you’ve renovated your home according to your own design, carefully making sure that every detail fits a certain aesthetic. Either way, your patio door shouldn’t be an afterthought — and it doesn’t have to be the standard white vinyl sliding type that we’re all familiar with from countless homes and hotels.
Manufacturers like Anlin and ProVia offer an impressive range of options for patio door frames, glass, hardware, and more, making it easy to create something that will complement the rest of your home. Here are just a few ways you can take advantage of the design flexibility of Anlin and Provia products to customize a door that’s perfect for whatever style of home you have.
The Colonial style is a classic — it originated on the East Coast, but examples can be found almost anywhere in the country, and from almost every decade since the first homes in this style were built. Divided light windows, often flanked by shutters in dark, neutral colors, are a hallmark of Colonial homes. The same style can be replicated for your patio door by adding a smaller grid pattern, like the aptly named Colonial option available for the Malibu Series by Anlin. You can even match your patio door frame to your shutters with Anlin’s range of ThermaCoat solar reflective colors. Colonial homes are also known for their symmetry, so Malibu’s swinging French doors would be a perfect fit, especially when accented with traditional-style hardware in a nickel or bronze finish.
Tudor homes are also characterized by divided light windows, often with leaded glass in geometric patterns. You can create the same look for your patio door’s windows without going through the trouble of sourcing antique materials. Anlin’s V-Groove glass is precision engraved and can be made in a variety of patterns. V-Groove glass is completely smooth, so it has the same old-world charm as traditional leaded windows but with the advantage of being much easier to clean.
ProVia also offers a range of glass options that would be perfectly at home in older construction styles. Adding stained glass — a popular feature in many Craftsman-style homes — could be the touch your patio door needs to become a stand-out design feature. All ProVia Doors have the option of hand-stained Inspirations Art Glass, which comes in a variety of designs and color palettes.
An emphasis on natural materials is another characteristic of the Craftsman style, meaning that standard vinyl may not be the best fit. Opting for Legacy woodgrain texture steel, one of the available materials for ProVia’s Designer hinged patio doors, gives your door the warm, traditional look of wood with the strength and durability of steel. If nothing but all-natural materials will do, ProVia’s Aeris sliding patio doors have a pre-finished real wood interior with several finish options, and a vinyl exterior, so you don’t have to sacrifice durability for aesthetics.
Though ranch homes have been built with an eclectic mix of exterior architecture over the decades the style has been popular, they are most often associated with the building boom of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Mid-century style emphasized minimalism and clean lines, making the typical white vinyl sliding door an almost universal choice for this type of home. But sticking to mid-century styling doesn’t mean your patio door has to be boring — try playing with color, adding an accent of bright turquoise or pink reminiscent of Palm Springs. For another hint of interest, try contemporary hardware in nickel or bronze.
Contemporary styling is all about glass, and this type of home will often have full walls of floor to ceiling windows. You may not want to go that far, but there are many ways to maximize the natural light coming into your home through your patio doors. Anlin’s Malibu sliding or swinging French doors are available in a wide range of configurations, so you can add additional fixed panels or sidelights on one or both sides of a single or double patio door. You can also increase the height of your patio doors; the Malibu series can be made as tall as eight feet.
Of course, your choice of patio door won’t be based simply on aesthetics, but with any of Anlin’s or ProVia’s products, you can also be assured of durability, security, ease of use, and energy efficiency. Call us today at (940) 898-9988 to start designing the perfect patio door for your home.
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