3 Factors in Choosing the Perfect Sliding Glass Patio Doors

When renovating your home, it’s understandable that you want every detail to be perfect. From doors and windows to counters and furniture, every aspect of your property should reflect who you are and what your family needs. Patio doors are no exception. They often lie at the heart of the home — in the kitchen or the living room — and serve as a major point of entry. Because of their importance, you should always consider these three things when renovating to ensure that you choose the perfect sliding glass patio doors for your needs.

1. Style

Of course, you want your sliding glass doors to suit your taste as well as your functional needs and blend in seamlessly with your home design. That’s why style is one of the most important factors in a sliding glass patio door. Some of the most popular sliding glass door styles are pocket, stacking, and bi-fold patio doors. Each one creates a unique indoor-outdoor living experience, depending on the amount of space you have to spare and what you want the vibe of your patio to be.

  • Pocket doors most closely resemble the two-panel sliding glass doors you’re likely familiar with. In this style, panels slide away and can be set inside a pocket within the wall. Pocket sliding glass doors are great for homes with restricted space, whether that’s a small balcony or a furnished living room. 
  • Stacking patio doors are similar to pocket doors, but they have multiple panels that allow for a larger entryway. The panels slide away and stack against each other, leaving a one-panel width closed and leaving the rest of the entry space open to the exterior. A step up from the pocket door, it’s great for larger homes and those who want a wall-to-wall sliding glass patio door. 
  • Finally, we have the bi-fold patio door. Unlike the other, more traditional sliding glass door styles, the bi-fold patio door is where one panel folds over the adjoining panel until the whole door is stacked. This is great for large spaces and really opens up the property, but it does take up extra space on the exterior since the panels face out toward the patio rather than slide toward the wall.

2. Material

Another important consideration is the material. This will affect the aesthetic appeal of your doors, as well as their maintenance levels and functionality. Popular sliding patio door frame materials include vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. Each material has its unique durability levels and maintenance requirements, so speak to your Golden Glass glazing contractors to decide which finish will best suit your home’s needs. 

3. Energy Efficiency

The final factor to consider when choosing sliding glass patio doors is energy efficiency. As a major entry point of the home, sliding doors that aren’t energy-efficient can skyrocket your energy bills. At Golden Glass, we offer innovative and modern sliding glass patio doors that are high-efficiency and high-performance. Their heat resistance in combination with the natural light they provide will allow you to reduce your energy consumption significantly, making a positive impact on the environment and your wallet. 

If you’re seeking new sliding glass patio doors for your home, contact Golden Glass today. Headquartered in Fullerton, we’re a family-run business that will give you the personal attention of a small business with the world-class fabrication quality of a national corporation. To learn more about Golden Glass residential glass contractors and our glass patio door installation services, give us a call at (800) 64-GLASS or fill out our online contact form today.