French Patio Doors
If you're looking for a patio door design that's both elegant and efficient, French patio doors may just be the option for you.
Form Follows Function
Back doors allow you access to private entertaining areas, like decks, gardens and patios. Before you buy, consider how you'll use your space. Do you need sliding doors to maximize the view; French doors for easy, elegant access or even a Dutch door, to let in air and light, while limiting entrance? Photo courtesy of HGTV Green Home 2012
Room With a View
If you entertain a lot, and have a gorgeous view to frame, consider wide, glass doors perfect for allowing guests to mingle on the patio while soaking up the ambiance. Design by SPG Architects
Sliding Door Benefits
Sliding doors need less space to operate than their swinging counterparts. They're perfect for areas with small landings (like steps to a patio or deck) where a swinging door could cause someone to fall if they accidentally stepped off the landing to accommodate the door. Photo courtesy of Milgard
French patio doors offer a few advantages over other potential styles. Firstly, their classic design will never be out of vogue—the appeal of French doors is more about their functionality than their form. Double French doors create an opening that's both aesthetically welcoming and efficient—especially for highly-trafficked outdoor spaces, with lots of guests tramping in and out regularly. French patio doors become highly necessary for any host laden with trays or other party implements.
Luckily, their utility isn't the only factor that makes French patio doors attractive—they're also, well, just plain attractive. Available in a wide range of styles and colors, French patio doors have great visual appeal. Some common design approaches for these iconic entryways are full glass or window pane-style glass sections. Some transparency is extremely common, since people tend to enjoy taking advantage of the large viewing space to enjoy outside views.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas