The conventional swinging patio door isn’t dead, but it’s downright boring when you stop to consider the very stylish bi-fold and lift/slide doors that are the hottest things on the market.
Because large open spaces are all the rage, large sliding and folding patio doors that bring the outside in are very desirable. As a result, the doors have been extremely popular with builders, architects and consumers.
Patio doors come in two forms to suit your taste: bi-fold or sliding (including the lift/slide). Folding doors use special hardware that allows the door panels to fold up and stack to one side to create a large open area. Sliding doors have been around forever, but now the European lift/slide version is hot. It features hardware that allows large, heavy door panels to be lifted (and slid) above a flush track while also allowing the door to be lowered onto seals that provide air and water protection.
Some offer lift/slide pocket-door systems that allow homeowners to store all door panels inside an exterior wall cavity. Others offer all types of folding and sliding doors, including single-track sliding systems.
The time has never been better to procure a seriously cool patio door. Major manufacturers carry them: Warroad, Minnesota–based Marvin Windows and Doors; Oceanside, California-based Weiland Sliding Doors; Medford, Wisconsin–based Weather Shield; NanaWall Systems, in Corte Madera, California; and many more.
Here are 11 awesome doors for your consideration.
This large 10-ft, 4-in. tall aluminum-clad lift and slide door features a natural fir interior and high-exposure sill that includes water return channels to stand up against extreme weather. dynamicwindows.com
This 20-ft Classic Lift-Slide door creates a large expanse to filter in light. Tons of wood species are available. zolawindows.com
The company specializes in large folding and sliding systems that are available in aluminum cladding and wood. lacantinadoors.com
Folding and sliding systems are available in configurations that include seven-panel with such features as laminated sash, tempered safety glass and smooth tandem rollers. loewen.com
The manufacturer’s 600 Series Multi-Slide Doors feature narrow sight lines and enormous expanses of glass. Every panel can slide and stack to the side or completely vanish into a pocket. westernwindowsystems.com
Available in may sizes, this Slide/Fold door system (shown in solid teak) creates a screened pavillion that offers light and ventilation but shields the occupants. The company is also able to do two species on one frame. durathermwindow.com
The company is known for its extra large folding and sliding doors measuring up to 16 ft. tall. weilandslidingdoors.com
The Folding Sliding Door Co.
Whether it’s a restricted doorway or a large opening, the company offers a variety of affordable systems. It now offers hurricane and impact-rated folding sliding doors that are tested to a performance rating of DP70. www.fsdcusa.com
Panda Windows & Doors
In addition to hurricane-rate lift/slide systems, the company offers a variety of made to order doors featuring multiple panels and a variety of frames. panda-windows.com
The company that helped popularize folding doors in this country offers a multitude of innovative products, such as a single-track sliding door system and a stackable glass system. nanawall.com
Pacific Architectural Millwork
This Slide and Seal door system disappears into the exterior wall. It offers all the advantages of a Lift and Slide without the big handles. pacmillwork.com