MAUMEE, Ohio — Some like them swinging, some like them sliding — but they all like patio doors as beautiful complements to a home’s décor with bright views of the outside and more natural light inside. Patio doors are striking additions to a home without sacrificing security or protection from the elements.

But which style is right for you? Therma-Tru Doors, the nation's most preferred brand of entry doors, offers the following information:

Determine Your Patio Style
There are two primary types of patio doors: hinged (swinging) or sliding. Therma-Tru offers both types in a variety of styles. Which one you choose depends on your home's layout and style and how you plan to use the door.

Hinged patio doors offer classic French-door elegance, often fitting nicely in a kitchen connecting to a patio or a family room that leads to the deck. If interior space is at a premium, you might consider a hinged patio door that swings out. This type of door is ideal if you live in a climate with high wind and inclement weather, since winds simply push the door against the jamb, ensuring a tighter seal.

Select a Material that Can Withstand High Traffic
If your patio door is the gateway for children, pets, deliveries and more, you'll want to choose a material that can hold up to the high traffic and still look good. Fiberglass offers the ideal blend of beauty and durability.

Therma-Tru Fiber-Classic®, Smooth-Star® and Slim-Line™ Patio Door Systems feature the high-quality fiberglass construction that made its entry doors the most preferred in the industry. Therma-Tru Patio Door Systems offer finer detail and better performance than steel doors. The fiberglass construction won't ding, dent or rust like steel doors, nor will the patio doors swell, rot, crack or warp like wood doors.

Fiber-Classic and Smooth-Star Offer Stately Style
Fiber-Classic and Smooth-Star Patio Door Systems from Therma-Tru are available in a wide variety of sizes for new construction and remodeling, including 8-foot tall systems. The new line of Hinged Patio Systems (available Fall 2003) will include center-hinged, jamb-hung or French door (active/passive) configurations. Fiber-Classic offers the beauty and stainability of real wood and Smooth-Star delivers the durability and rich look of painted wood.

Low-E glass will be standard, and optional profiled internal grid patterns or external grilles are available. The system includes a high-performance sill that resists rot and swelling, and a security strike plate and handle set. A multi-point lock system will be an available option.

Slim-Line Creates Contemporary Charm
Therma-Tru's Slim-Line Sliding Patio Door System offers new narrow-profile fiberglass lineals that create a larger glass viewing area that lets in more light than traditional patio doors. The lineals will not rot, crack, warp or split. Energy efficiency and security are enhanced by Low-E tempered insulated glass and two sets of weatherstripping that virtually eliminate drafts around the panels. An integral interlock, also with double weather-stripping, provides extra strength and blocks air infiltration at the interlock. Adjustable tandem steel rollers and a corrosion-resistant stainless steel roller track ensure years of trouble-free operation.

Slim-Line Patio Doors are available ready-to-assemble in a wide variety of sizes for new construction and remodeling, including 8-foot tall systems. The panels are prefinished on both sides. Standard colors include White, Almond, Stone and Bronze. Custom colors and two-tone finishes (with different colors on the interior and exterior) are available as options.

The Slim-Line Patio Door system includes an attractive lockset in a choice of three finishes — brass, white or bronze. The Slim-Line Sliding Patio Door System is backed by a 20-year limited warranty.

SPD Delivers Value and Durability
Therma-Tru's SPD Sliding Patio Door system offers value and performance for the patio. The low-maintenance PVC frame and sash provide durability, while the weather stripping, insulated glass and glazing increase energy efficiency. The SPD is available in white or sand with fixed and active configurations a variety of sizes.

Installing Your Patio Door

Installing a patio door can be a do-it-yourself project if you have the right tools for the job. Measure your opening carefully before purchasing your door to ensure a good fit. Patio doors come in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Make sure to allow 3/8" on the sides and 1/2" at the head. Check all the wall surfaces to ensure they are plumb and check corners to ensure they are square.

Therma-Tru offers detailed installation instructions with step-by-step illustrations of the project.

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