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Six Patio Door Styles to Bring the Outdoors In

Six Patio Door Styles to Bring the Outdoors In

The patio door is more than just an entrance or exit to your home—it’s an architectural detail. Whether you are remodeling your exterior space or just want a fresh vibe when you walk through the door, a new patio door can instantly inject style in your home.

From fresh and modern to rustic and woodsy, patio doors have the ability to subtly transform any space. Below are some of our favorite materials to work with and descriptions of why each of them can be especially beneficial when it comes to selecting a brand new patio door design.

1. Composite: The Go-To

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    An ideal material for patio doors, composite wood offers high-quality design with low-maintenance requirements. A composite patio door won’t rust, dent, split or warp, and it’s perfect for nearly every climate, including those with high humidity and moisture. Composite patio doors are available in a variety of styles and silhouettes, from relaxed and rustic to tailored and traditional. The composite sliding door shown above pairs perfectly with tempered, high-performance insulating glass and weather stripping for energy efficiency.

    2. Fiberglass: Maintenance Free

     

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      Similar to composite material, fiberglass patio doors are basically maintenance-free. They are perfect for homes with children and pets, as fingerprints and wet nose smudges are easy to clean off of the fiberglass surface. If you’re going for the look of wood but want to spare yourself a few pennies, fiberglass is a great option. Its twists, knots and warps mimic that of wood’s natural look at a much lower price point. This classic fiberglass style offers a low-maintenance, relaxed style perfect for the active family or the older adult couple.

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      3. Aluminum: Lightweight and Versatile

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        Another alternative to wood, aluminum offers a lightweight option to homeowners looking to keep costs down. Aluminum is corrosion-resistant and performs well in most climates. These patio doors often come with enclosed blinds—a set of blinds hugged between two thin insets of glass—to help control light and heat within the home. This is a great feature for families with small children or curious pets as the cord to the blinds is contained within the door or up high where it is out of the reach of tiny hands.

        4. Steel: Safe and Secure

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          Steel, the economic option, is a great material for patio doors. It offers strength and durability while simultaneously adding style to your space. A good choice for most climates, steel patio doors are super resistant to rust and corrosion. They only require a minimal amount of upkeep and are often paired with other elements like polyurethane insulation to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

          5. Vinyl: The Sturdy Option

           

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            Vinyl is a strong, plastic material used for its durability and cost efficiency. Over the years, vinyl has picked up some serious steam in design, lending its strength to both interior and exterior spaces. While a synthetic material like vinyl may not seem sturdy at first, it has proven itself to have an uncanny ability to stand up to most environmental elements and works remarkably well in nearly all climates.

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            6. Wood: The Cult Classic

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              Last but certainly not least, wooden patio doors come in a range of colors, textures and strengths. Depending on where the wood was harvested and which type of tree it is from, patio doors can range from a warm honey tone to cool oak color and are typically made of pine, fir, mahogany or alder. Oftentimes, wood patio doors are painted over or have a stain applied for a worn or polished effect. Very sturdy and strong, wood offers a different shape and silhouette to patio doors that differ greatly from synthetic materials like vinyl and composite.

              Finding the right patio door is all about evaluating your lifestyle and needs as well as your home’s interior and exterior style. From composite glass to sturdy steel, there are many ways to show off your home’s style with one simple element. What is your favorite patio door style?

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              Last Updated on September 25, 2019

              How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

              How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

              As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

              When we were still children, our thoughts seemed to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

              Just imagine then, how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power!

              We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities.

              We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

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              We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb.

              We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits.

              And we’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head…

              But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

              So, how can we tap into the power of positivity?

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              “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

              It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are 4 simple yet powerful ideas on how you can get started.

              1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

              Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

              Just take a look at these 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life.

              2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

              This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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              You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty.

              If you seek it, you will find it.

              3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

              This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what really is important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

              Here’re 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life that can inspire you.

              4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

              How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking.

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              Instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

              Learn from this article how to change your mental images: How to Think Positive and Eliminate Negative Thoughts

              If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

              And remember:

              You are (or will become) what you think you are.

              This is reasonable enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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