Exploring Exterior Sliding Pocket Doors

When looking for exterior doors, sometimes space can be at a premium. That’s where a solution like exterior sliding pocket doors can be a godsend. What’s a pocket door? It refers to a door system that’s installed with a “pocket” on one or both sides of the door frame, so that the door(s) can slide into the pocket(s) and out of view. These sliding pocket doors are a particularly good solution if you’d like:

  • more open horizontal space
  • no obstructions directly inside or outside of the door
  • a door solution for tight spaces

In addition, exterior sliding pocket doors have applications beyond their space-saving capabilities. They’re often a good choice for people with limited mobility, especially people who use a wheelchair or a walker, as it’s usually easier for people to slide a door to the side, rather than push or pull it open.

Exterior sliding pocket door
pocket door exterior wall

Installation Investigation

Pocket doors can be installed in a few different ways. The traditional way is by creating space for the pockets. In order to install the door this way, you must have space for the doors within the wall. Having a space twice the width of your door is a good rough estimate for the amount of space you will need. You will also need to check what’s going on with your wall. For example, you will need to see if the wall is load-bearing.

If it is a load-bearing wall, you can replace the existing header with a longer one to accommodate a pocket door system, but some professional builders don’t recommend installation. In addition to space, you’ll need to see what is installed inside the wall. Electrical wires can be rerouted, but if there are plumbing pipes within the wall, you won’t be able to install traditional pocket doors.

Exterior steel sliding pocket doors

On the Right Track

If you can’t install traditional exterior sliding pocket doors, because of pre-existing plumbing or because of inadequate wall space, there is another option. Called “open pocket doors,” this version of sliding pocket doors are wall-hung, rather than recessed into the wall. They still operate in the same fashion as traditional sliding pocket doors, though, by moving on tracks.

If you’ve had experience with older pocket doors, you may have a negative opinion of them due to the noisiness of models from years past. However, today’s models are built to be much quieter and are virtually noise-free. That’s because newer models have replaced the steel rollers of the past with nylon rollers, which run much smoother. A slightly more upscale option are ball-bearing options, which offer the most silent option.

Exterior glass sliding pocket doors

Caged Neat

There are two types of in-wall sliding pocket doors you can install: those that are built to slide into a “cage,” or cassette, and those that simply slide into the wall. Door systems with the metal cage are usually more expensive, because the system provides more structure and protection within the wall.

You will need to install a door system with a cassette if the wall needs reinforcement in some manner, for example, if the wall has or is going to have a heavier covering installed, like tile. There are some other circumstances in which a cassette system is recommended, including if you’re installing a fire door or a glass door without a frame. However, for the most part, for regular home use, it’s fine to install exterior sliding pocket doors without a cassette system.

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Exterior Sliding Pocket Doors

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  1. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Cherry Color and wood Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Cherry Color and wood Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $89.00
  2. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and MDF Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and MDF Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $68.00
  3. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and Composide Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and Composide Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $125.99
  4. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and wood Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and wood Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $144.00
  5. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and MDF Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and MDF Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $89.00
  6. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $99.00
  7. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and wood Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and wood Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $99.00
  8. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and MDF Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and MDF Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $144.00
  9. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $74.00
  10. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and wood Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Mahogany Color and wood Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $99.00
  11. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and MDF Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and MDF Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $125.99
  12. Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware includedview
    Pocket Door by HideNdoor in a Fir Color and Composide Construction-Hardware included
    Create the unique look you’ve always wanted for your home interior with pocket doors from HideNdoor. Easy to install, easy to open and close, and easy to customize, pocket doors are the ultimate way to bring your décor dreams to life. Choose from, framed glass, lattice, or classic full-wood panel in any style, stain, or color. Multiple track and pocket designs are available to give you the exact configuration to fit your space.Classic pocket doors offer the function of a door with the space-saving of a sliding frame, and a flush door upgrade hides all parts of the door, allowing you to establish an open-design feeling even in a traditionally-designed home. Warranty, installation, and spare parts are all included, as is a free in-home estimate for any necessary contractor work.
    Price: $145.00
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