How to Buy Sliding Glass Patio Doors

Sliding glass patio doors provide immaculate views of the outdoors while giving homeowners a simple entry and exit point onto the patio. Modern and traditional styles offer resolution for all decorative tastes and aspects. Traditional door styles offer a slew of colors, designs, hardware, and glass options, while modern styles of minimal hardware and finishes. Frame material choices for the glass patio door include:

  • Wood: The most luxurious of the choices, but not commonly used
  • Aluminum: Corrosion resistant, available in assorted colors, and affordable
  • Vinyl: Affordable and versatile for many needs
  • Metal: Weather-resistant and strong, but difficult to repair

The doors are invigorating and refreshing, adding ambience to any home space. Since the doors slide rather than swing, less floor space is necessary, thus affording opportunity to add furniture or other pieces nearby.

outside view of a sliding patio door with large glass windows
sliding door opened showing the backyard

Buying Sliding Glass Patio Doors

Sliding glass patio doors generally consist of two panels, though some of the contemporary door styles contain three or more panels. One panel is stationary, while the secondary panel slides sideways on a gliding track. The doors are sold as complete systems containing the door, jambs, threshhold, and weatherstripping. Hardware necessary to operate the door is also included in the door system kit.

Measurements of the door size before purchase ensures the correct size door is chosen for proper fit. Measure both the length and width of the door (or the opening) to ensure accurate door size is chosen. The doors are sold in standard sizes, though custom made doors in alternate sizes are also available. Standard patio door sizes start at a width of about 16” and a length of approximately 60 inches.

white double sliding glass patio door

Door Glass Thickness

Patio doors use safety tempered glass, which is available in either a single-pane or a double-pane version. The single-pane door contains only one sheet of glass, while double-pane offers a secondary sheet. Most patio doors sold today use double-pane glass because it is thicker, more durable, and lasts longer. Each door manufacturer chooses the glass thickness they use in their patio doors.

Double-pane patio door manufacturers oftentimes use ⅜” thick glass, although others use 3/16” or ⅛” glass thickness instead. The glass thickness inside the patio door affects how well the door insulates the home as well. Before buying a new door, learn more about the type of glass inside the unit, including the thickness.

sliding glass patio door with blinds closed on the left door

Advantages

Sliding glass patio door advantages help homeowners select this style more often than other patio door styles. The doors come in a variety of styles and designs to accommodate all interests. Plus, there’s hardware and accessory upgrades that improve the overall ambiance of the door. Available in a wide range of prices, the sliding glass door is the cheapest of the options, though never appears that way.

The doors give back space that is lost with use of a traditional door while allowing natural lighting inside the home. What’s more relaxing than the beauty of the outdoors coming inside your home? Furthermore, sliding glass patio doors are easy-to use, durable and long-lasting, and feature various locking systems that ensure security and safety of yourself and those you love the most.

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  1. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Classic Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Classic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $1,477.00
  2. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Modern Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Modern Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,250.00
  3. VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Traditional Styleview
    VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Traditional Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $779.00
  4. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Rustic Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Rustic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $1,275.00
  5. VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Classic Styleview
    VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Classic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,999.00
  6. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cherry Color with Double Configuration and Modern Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cherry Color with Double Configuration and Modern Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $899.00
  7. VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Contemporary Styleview
    VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Contemporary Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $999.00
  8. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Rustic Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Single Configuration and Rustic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,999.00
  9. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cherry Color with Single Configuration and Classic Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cherry Color with Single Configuration and Classic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,450.00
  10. VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Traditional Styleview
    VistaTREK French Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Traditional Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $2,456.00
  11. VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Contemporary Styleview
    VistaTREK Center-Hinged Patio Door in Cedar Color with Double Configuration and Contemporary Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $4,450.00
  12. VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cherry Color with Double Configuration and Rustic Styleview
    VistaTREK Sliding Patio Door in Cherry Color with Double Configuration and Rustic Style
    Grande Patio Doors seal tight and lock easily, and are the ultimate option for opening your home to the beautiful surroundings outside. Choose from traditional wood designs that increase the visual appeal of any home, contemporary materials that give a modern look to your exterior, or designer doors that you can customize to fit your exact tastes and needs. All doors feature incredible energy efficiency and highly durable materials for a lifetime of convenience and aesthetic appeal. Customize your doors with multiple grille styles, interior and exterior colors, and eight beautiful textures or stain colors.All fixtures are masterfully designed to operate perfectly for the lifetime of your home, and all tracks or hinges are hidden in the door to allow the maximum space for your floors and patio. Choose from three handle and lock options.
    Price: $3,650.00
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