A Shopper’s Guide to Sliding Patio Doors

Many homeowners discover that sliding patio doors can be an ideal solution for their homes when they want easy access to their outdoor living areas but don’t have enough room for traditional swinging doors, which require a substantial amount of floor space to open fully. Sliding patio doors can be found in a range of materials, including:

  • Fiberglass
  • Metal
  • Vinyl
  • Wood

The vast majority of sliding patio doors feature substantial amounts of glass, allowing you to let light into your interior and support an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The broad selection will enable you to select an option that suits both your personal style as well as your budget.

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sliding patio doors with built in blinds

Materials

Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks that must be considered before making a purchase. Metal doors, usually constructed out of aluminum or steel, are generally considered both very durable and cost-effective. However, they require maintenance to avoid corrosion, and may not be as energy efficient as other options.

Fiberglass is particularly weather resistant and lightweight, though tend to cost more than metal. Vinyl is ideal for extreme climates, as it won’t peel, fade, warp or rot. Additionally, it is available in a range of colors and finishes, including faux wood, and is especially energy efficient. Real wood is a beautiful choice, but requires a significant amount of maintenance to prevent warping, cracking, and rot. Additionally, wood is a more expensive option, but the aesthetics are hard to beat.

3 panel sliding patio door

Upgrades

Since sliding patio doors feature a lot of glass, choosing an upgraded option can help limit heat transfers that can significantly increase your energy bills. Low-E glass is coated, allowing it to lessen the amount of heat the passes between your home’s interior and the outdoors. It also blocks harmful UV rays which, over time, can fade your wood floors, carpet, or furniture that are exposed to the increased level of sunlight.

By investing in upgraded glass, you can keep your ongoing costs low while protecting your interior, letting you avoid costly replacements to sections of flooring or other materials that would fade without this form of protection. Some sliding patio doors can also include built-in blinds between the panes of glass, giving you additional privacy when desired and allowing you to block light when the need arises.

96 inch sliding patio doors

Decorative Features

A variety of decorative features can also be included with your sliding patio doors. You can choose to add decorative grills that create a pattern across the large glass panes, giving your doors an additional style element. When constructed of strong materials, like steel, a grill can even increase the level of security for your doors and may prevent damage to the glass from accidental impacts.

Frosted and textured glass options can also be used to alter the aesthetics of the doors while increasing the level of privacy. In some cases, additional decorative glass options, like stains, may be available, allowing your sliding patio doors to function as an artistic focal point in your home’s interior or exterior spaces.

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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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