Sliding Patio Doors

Create a simple and elegant entryway to your outdoor space with sliding patio doors.
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By: Sean McEvoy
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If you're planning for a new patio or looking to update an existing outdoor space, you may want to investigate one of the most common, convenient ways to access the backyard: sliding patio doors.

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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

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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

Indoor/Outdoor Spaces

Add double-size doors on a barn track to create a seamless transition from the dining room to the patio.

To Screen or Not to Screen

If you want to keep bugs out and let fresh air in, then back-door screens are a must. Photo by Jeffrey Freeman Design by Pangaea

Focus on Design

French doors work well stylistically on traditional homes. Hinged doors that swing inward need extra room inside to open so are not appropriate where interior space is tight. Photo courtesy of Milgard

Go for Low-E

While glass doors let you enjoy the view, they can also mean faded furniture and rugs. Consider low-E glass to prevent sun fade on furnishings. Photo courtesy of Vitrocsa

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

Patios are generally gathering places for family and friends, and when lots of people are involoved, a traditional open and close door can be a hindrance to entering and exiting. Just ask anyone who's tried to carry a tray of appetizers through a traditional door while a gaggle of toddlers is racing in or out. For this reason, and because they can add a modern, elegant design element to connect your outdoor and indoor space, sliding patio doors are a popular option.

In the past, sliding patio doors were heavier and had a reputation for getting stuck in their tracks or misaligned. Modern sliding patio doors generally offer a much slimmer, more contemporary look, and the problems of sticking and misalignment have been lessened. Because of the lighter materials, these new designs generally offer a larger, less obstructed viewing area as well.

Additionally, many sliding patio doors feature insulated heavy-duty glass and weather stripping that will eliminate drafts and enhance security.

If your patio project is done, nearing completion or about to begin, you may want to consider sliding patio doors as an additional element to add to the beauty and efficiency of your outdoor living space.

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