For many, the decision to either have a patio or deck installed in their space is a difficult one. If you are struggling to make this decision, we strongly advise that you go for the patio.
This is because it is the best option when you consider all the pros and cons associated with installing both. For instance, installing a deck can be expensive, difficult to maintain, poses regulatory permit issues, shorter lifespan, and a few other problems.
Although having a patio also presents some difficulties, it is in our opinion the right decision. For more on this subject, you can visit: https://blog.nationwide.com/deck-vs-patio/
However, you should understand that a patio is not complete or good enough without a befitting patio door. For us, this should be more than the regular door. It is on this note that this article will address the importance of having a sliding patio door.
What Is a Sliding Patio Door?
This is an access door with sliding features that allow you to move from the interior areas of the building to the patio. In the same vein, it allows you to also move from the patio back into the building.
Given that some patios are not directly attached to the building, this sort of access can also be installed in such patios.
You should understand that the sliding option is not the only option for a patio door. The bi-fold is also a popular option. Other than these, there is the French door and a few other options.
Benefits of Installing a Sliding Patio Door
First, you should understand that all of the options have their peculiarities. While the bi-fold, French, and several other options are good in their ways, listed and explained below are some of the reasons opting for the sliding option may be ideal for you:
Frankly, not every building has the luxury of enormous space in this part of the house. As a result, there is a need for an access point that will not eat up so much space.
Sliding patio doors are one of the best options in this regard. We like to rate it ahead of bi-fold and French options.
For instance, the bi-fold can consume a lot of space when all the panels are folded. Also, the French option consumes space as well. However, the situation is a lot different as sliding glass patio doors conserve space when the panels are opened or closed.
Be it a high-rise building, something close to the woods, a large body of water, or whatever it is, this option allows you have a good view of the surrounding environment. This can be done even when you are not on the patio as you can have a good view from inside the building.
You need a patio door that would not restrict adequate ventilation, especially during the hot summer. This is a lot easy with this option.
With a part or all the panels opened, you can improve the interior air quality of your space as much as possible.
Interior decorators and home improvement experts are not only worried about having proper ventilation. Illumination is also very important and this access must help achieve this.
In light of this, the sliding option is the best in this regard. We like to think it is slightly better than the bi-fold option and way better than the French option in this regard. This is because every part of this access point offers illumination. This is whether it is opened or closed.
If you are particular about stopping the amount of light that gets into your interior space through this point, you can make use of a curtain or blind.
Easy to Use
One of the reasons we recommend this option is because it is very easy to use. For instance, opening and closing this door is not so difficult even when you are carrying stuff. All you need to do is open and close. This is great when compared to options that require that you pull and push.
Fits Well Into Your Space
There is no one size fits all for patios. Some are very big while some are small. The good news is that this option fits well regardless of the size of the frame designated for the door.
If you have a large one, the door will be large. In the same vein, the door will be small if the frame is small. With this option, it is cutting your coat (perfectly) according to your size.
We have discussed some of the benefits of opting for a sliding glass patio door in this article. However, you should understand that this option can also present some difficulties at some point. For instance, some installations can get stuck at some point.
This is why you need a good installation team in the first place. However, there are DIY approaches to handling this problem. For more on this subject, you can watch this video.
Additionally, you should understand that there are various sliding glass door options available. You should choose one that best suits your need and taste.