Sliding Glass Walls for Patios

Dive into the options for sliding glass walls for patios.


Veranda and living room with sliding glass door wall leading outside to this white furniture and table design under an awning.

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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.

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

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

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

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.

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