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.
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.
See also: Deck and Patio Design Ideas
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