4 Reasons to Consider Sliding Patio Doors

4 Reasons to Consider Sliding Patio Doors

April 13, 2018

When you think about an exterior door, the first image that comes to mind might be the classic French door with a wide stile and rail construction. Although it has been centuries since the “window-door” was invented in Europe, its design remains popular because it’s an architectural icon in most traditional homes.

Despite its Old-World charm, the design of the swinging glazed door isn’t for everyone and for every home. While most patio doors are hinged on one side, deviating from the norm with a gliding unit can come with a tremendous upside. At Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee, here’s why we think you should consider a sliding patio door:

1. It Can Solve Your Space Issues

The way the sliding door works doesn’t require any adjacent room for proper operation. It’s an elegant solution to space-strapped areas. Moving sideways, it won’t interfere with pathways and finished outdoor spaces, like patios or decks. It will allow you to maximize every inch of the floor for furniture arrangement and foot traffic.

2. It Can Reduce Hardware Problems

Swinging patio doors can last for a long time, but they’re likely to suffer from mechanical issues over time. Considering their heft hangs on their hinges, their hardware might fail when it’s not of high quality.

Sliding doors don’t share such problems because all their weight sits on the track. With proper maintenance, they can open and close smoothly with a just a gentle nudge year after year.

3. It Can Help Make Your Home Weathertight

The panels of sliding doors are staggered, interlocking with one another in a closed position. As a result, they can keep air and water infiltration to a minimum.

4. It Can Provide Larger Views

Contrary to traditional French door systems, contemporary sliding doors have narrow framing for maximum glass area. Joined by mortises and tenons, they can maintain frame stability with years of use. If you have wonderful panoramas to capitalize on, they can capture expansive views of the outside world. But even if your home isn’t surrounded by scenic landscapes, broad glass can create an illusion of space and make your interior feel bigger.

At Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee, we offer different models of sliding patio door systems, including the classic French door in a space-saving format. To discuss your door replacement needs, call us at (262) 522-3034 or our toll-free number (877) 977-3639 to schedule your free, in-home consultation in Milwaukee.

Hear From Our Customers

Jason and Brett did an awesome job installing our doors. We had separate installers a month earlier for our windows who also did a fantastic job. They were all very professional and cleaned up almost better than the area looked before the installation! Since these were both jobs that took more than one day the installers were great at keeping us informed on the status of where the project was at along the way.

This was a great crew to work with. Both the original install manager we worked with (Jay) and the install team (Daniel, Mason, Tony, Ethan, and Jose). Everyone was very professional and knowledgable. They answered all my questions and the end result on the house is great. In 3 days they replaced an old bay window with a new bay window, a set of french doors on the patio with a sliding patio door, and our old front door with a new front door and storm door.

I cant express how happy we are with choosing Andersen for our window installation. Our sales representative was knowledgeable with product and answered any questions we had without hesitation. I did also fill out a survey that was sent in an email, but sadly I failed to personally name the two gentlemen that performed the actual installation. Barrett and Francisco were our guys, and let me tell you, they were outstanding!!! They did Excellent work and were professional as well as efficient and made this a smooth, none evasive process for us. I strongly recommend this company and these installers to anyone in need of windows!!! My husband and I could not be more pleased we chose Andersen for replacing our windows!!!

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