Published on: March 03, 2023
Patio doors can create an indoor-outdoor feel in your living space by bringing in ample natural light and providing a clear view of the beautiful outdoors. And Washington has some incredible vistas, making it worth it to invest in high-quality doors that will fit your lifestyle and your home.
A patio space can become an extension of your living room. But it starts with a door that makes it easy to access the space and seamlessly flows from inside to outside. Learn about the various patio door options, what they are best used for, and some considerations for integrating them into your home.
Whether you’re replacing a window with a door to make your outdoor spaces more accessible or looking to upgrade your existing patio door, review your options first. Each style of door offers pros and cons alongside a unique appearance and aesthetic.
This door style is elegant and provides two large panes of glass to view the outdoors even on days when you’re staying cozy inside. They let in lots of natural light.
You can select from doors that swing in or out based on your home and what you need. Just know that if the doors swing in the hinges will be on the inside of the doors, meaning you’ll see them from your living space. In contrast, doors that swing out will have outside hinges that are only visible in that space.
Only homes with plenty of room can pull off the swing-in doors. That’s because you’ll need to have clearance for the doors to open inward and not hit furniture or come in contact with side tables or other home elements. Plus, you’ll have more considerations for door stops to protect your walls.
For all those reasons, most homeowners choose to select outward swinging doors for the easiest access to the outside and seamless paths inside.
Homes with limited floor space leading out to their patio or deck benefit from sliding doors. You can choose whether the doors open to the right or the left. But all sliding doors sit along a horizontal track. You can customize the handles, glass and grid patterns. And many door manufacturers offer various colors for the trim around the doors, much like the trim around a home’s windows.
Vinyl-framed sliding doors are considered durable. They also provide some of the lowest maintenance of any material type for a door.
Another benefit of sliding doors is that you can have a screen allowing you to open the door and let the fresh air in. Doors with hinges don’t have a screen option. So if you enjoy opening your windows and turning off the AC in the spring and fall, this is a good option for you.
Similar in appearance to sliding patio doors are pocket glass doors. But these doors offer the benefit of your doors disappearing once opened. That’s because they’ll slide inside the wall giving you wide open spaces between indoor living and outdoor living.
When opening a pocket glass door, each panel will tuck inside the wall. Many commercial spaces find these doors beneficial for creating an inviting environment on nice weather days.
These doors also offer a stunning, unobstructed view outside even when fully closed. Homes that back up to wooded, hilly or mountainous landscapes find that these doors frame the home beautifully.
Another way to get more windowpanes looking out over outdoor spaces is to use bifold glass doors. As you open these doors, each panel folds on top of one another, offering a fully open invitation to the great outdoors.
Homes with more modern architecture tend to lend themselves well to these doors. And in rooms with walls of windows, the doors can blend in and create a clean appearance while still providing outdoor access when you want it.
You have many outstanding options when it comes to patio door styles. As you review your options, keep these considerations in mind.
If you’re looking for patio door and window installation from a team of experts you can trust, schedule a free estimate with 2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing. Our technicians will visit your home or business to see the space and make a recommendation about what is best for you.
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