It may be hard to see it right now, but spring is just around the corner – and that means the time for having guests over on your patio isn’t far away either. If you’re considering sprucing up your outdoor space, you’ll want to check out the different types of patio doors available today.
A lot has changed in the last few decades. A simple two-panel sliding glass patio door that you see in most homes is no longer the only option. Now there are more complex choices to help improve indoor-outdoor spaces even further. Why settle for a simple sliding door when you can open up your whole kitchen to the backyard?
The Okanagan is a very special part of Canada for a few different reasons. One of the main highlights is the weather; with rich seasons you’re able to use your outdoor space from spring right through to fall. The lack of pesky bugs is another highlight. For the most part you won’t find a ton of mosquitoes or flies in the dead of summer, and that means you don’t need to screen yourself in just to enjoy the outdoors.
Here are the best patio doors for enjoying life in the Okanagan.
Glass Wall Systems
Probably the best option you’ll find, as a glass wall system is extremely versatile. You can open it just a little bit to let in some breeze or move the entire wall to make your indoor living area a seamless space with your outdoor area.
Glass wall systems come in several different varieties. They may be simple sliding panels that all slide down to one end of the wall, or they could be of the folding variety where the glass wall folds up like an accordion.
Both systems will work well at creating a true indoor-outdoor area, but they will require some planning. In order to use a glass wall system you need to re-enforce the wall they will be covering. Most of the time this means a large beam to carry the load where the glass wall will go.
These systems do cost a little more, but they also add considerable value to your home.
The classic French door is a great way to get a similar effect as a glass wall, but without the need for really long support beams. French doors swing all the way open, which means they can deliver twice the opening as a standard sliding patio door.
If you’re looking for a way to open up your indoor-outdoor space, without the expense of a glass wall system, or putting in an expensive beam to carry the load, a French door – or a couple sets of French doors – would be perfect.
Sliding Patio Doors
Traditional sliding patio doors have also come a long way in the past few decades and are now available in plenty of sizes. There is no more economical way to open a wall to a great view than glass patio doors.
The one downside to traditional sliding door is that they only open half way. If your property has lots of trees and bugs, or at a higher elevation with cooler temps, it may be preferable to keep the door closed most of the time, in which case a sliding glass door with a screen is perfect.
Of course, if you don’t need a door at all, but you do want to open the space up, you may also want to consider one of our hydraulic server windows.
To see what the latest choices are for your home, swing by our showroom and we can give you a great demonstration of what’s available for you!