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 and entry 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.