Patio Doors for Outside Living Spaces


Adding a new deck or patio? Read this post to find the right patio doors for your outside living spaces.

Merging the interior and exterior continues to be a sought-after amenity in homes. Homeowners love the idea of expanding their living space. Outside living spaces are becoming very sophisticated. This space may feature an entire outside kitchen, fire pit, water effect and grander furnishings. There’s  much to consider when choosing patio doors for outside living.

If you are planning an outside living space makeover by adding a new deck or patio then you’ll need to consider the flow between interior and exterior. Your new patio door should be worked into your plans to address traffic, access, natural light, fresh air, privacy, space considerations and ease of use. Leaving the patio door as an afterthought could make it more challenging so make it a priority in your design.

Here’s how to pick the right patio doors for outside living.

Swinging vs. sliding patio doors

With a swinging door, clearance for the door to open is required. If it swings outward then you’ll need to make sure that no furniture inhibits the door. If it swings back into the interior, remember wall placement. When is limited but you like the idea of a swinging door, choose an option with one swinging door and one stationary panel.

Sliding doors typically have one stationary panel and one panel that slides horizontally. A standard sliding door offers less access but works well in tight spaces. A multi-sliding patio door may be the best of both worlds. It’s a simple way to create a large, open space. This look creates a seamless transition to the outdoors. You can find multi-sliding in up to six-panels and 24 feet wide.

Go even wider with folding doors

If you really want to open up the back of a home to the outside, folding doors deliver. With folding doors, the doors open accordion-style. These folding wall systems open and close easily with tracking at the head. Ball bearings provide smooth operation. Folding patio doors are available in a variety of materials and configurations, reaching up to 48-feet wide.

What material is right for you?

Different materials offer different styles, performance and price advantages. The right door effectively bridges the gap between indoors and out. Picking the right material often depends on the climate and style of the home. Ask questions about how each material (vinyl, wood or fiberglass) will fare in your environment.

Additionally, you’ll need to choose from glass options. A Low-E glass helps with energy efficiency. Textured glass lets light in but provides privacy. You may also want to research an impact resistant glass like ImpactGard®. ImpactGard can be a great asset for coastal homes. It also provides further security. Even if the glass cracks, the fragments will adhere to the interlayer, so the shards remain within the frame

Different materials require different maintenance as well. Work with an expert to determine what will perform well and look great.

Turning your backyard into a grand oasis is very exciting. You’ll enjoy the space for years to come. Choosing the right patio doors for outside living brings everything together. For ideas, feel free to browse our patio door options.