Sliding Glass Walls for Patios
Whether you're thinking about adding a new entrance to your existing patio or designing an entrance for your brand new outdoor space, you may want to explore the possibilities of sliding glass walls for patios.
The benefits of sliding glass walls are many, starting with the purely aesthetic—they offer an almost entirely unobstructed view of your outdoor living space, and connect the outdoors and indoors almost seamlessly. As opposed to French patio doors or traditional sliding glass doors, sliding glass walls generally span an entire room or even the entire side of a home, creating a truly "open" feel and allowing for maximum efficiency of entry and exit.
From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network
Some things to consider if you're thinking about a sliding glass wall for your outdoor space are cost and energy efficiency. Newer types of sliding glass walls can be fairly economical as well as quite energy efficient, however, keep in mind that higher-end models can be expensive, and even the most energy efficient models are, still, fundamentally massive pathways for heat or cold to enter or escape the home.
Pros and cons aside, there's no denying that a sliding glass wall can make for a truly beautiful addition to any home and an elegant transition from indoors to outdoors.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas