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Sliding Glass Patio & French Patio Doors

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A sliding glass patio door generally has two glass panels, one of which slides to open and one of which is fixed, while French patio doors feature two hinged glass doors. These doors help to increase natural light, provide access to your patio or deck, and can introduce large amounts of fresh air to the inside of your home when desired.

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Benefits of a Sliding Glass Patio Door from Polaris Window & Door, Alside, or ProVia

Sliding (or gliding) patio doors can provide the following benefits:

Large views to the outside landscape. These doors can range in size from 36” to 143” by a maximum of 84” high and are all glass (with the exception of the frame), which provides expansive views to the outside.

Designs to fit any style of home. Patio doors open your home to your outdoor spaces, a function that suits many homes, from traditional to contemporary to transitional styles.

Reduced heating and cooling costs vs. old single-pane aluminum sliding doors. Most old aluminum doors provide only single-pane glass and have seals that have worn down over the years. A vinyl, steel, or fiberglass replacement patio door can save significant costs vs. the existing door.

Improved security. Multi-point locks and foot-operated dead bolts increase family safety.

Easy egress. In most cases, French or sliding patio doors lead out to a deck, garden, backyard, or swimming pool from the kitchen or dining room, allowing your family and guests quick and convenient access to the outside.

Increased ventilation. These doors include a screen that promotes the circulation of fresh air and can provide ventilation in your kitchen or dining room, getting quickly rid of cooking smells.

Larger feeling rooms full of natural light. The large expanse of glass of these doors makes a room feel larger while increasing light transmission.

Higher resale value and enhanced curb appeal. The first thing potential homebuyers see is the front of the home. A new door can greatly enhance the appeal of your home.

Products & Uses

Vinyl Sliding Patio Doors from Polaris Window & Door and Alside and Fiberglass and Steel Sliding Patio Doors from ProVia – Product Features

Features of vinyl sliding doors will vary by manufacturer and can include:

  • Vertical multi-chamber mainframe and door panel extrusions are reinforced with aluminum for extra rigidity. Frames are fusion-welded at corners for added strength.
  • Vertical main frames are injected with foam for improved thermal efficiency.
  • Mainframe and sashes will never chip, peel, crack, or warp.
  • White pine wood mainframe combined with vinyl cladding provides an energy-efficient barrier for the door.
  • Triple weatherstripping where door panels and main frame extrusions meet creates a weather tight seal.
  • Insulated double-strength safety glass is standard.
  • Strong, extruded aluminum screens come in multiple colors.
  • Energy Star insulated glass packages reduce energy costs.
  • Multi-point security locks and foot operated dead bolt locks are available to improve security.
  • Smooth-gliding, solid steel, zinc-plated rollers give a smooth operation.
  • Doors are available in 2 lite (5’, 6’, and 8’ wide), 3 lite (9’ wide), and 4 panel (12’ wide) designs.
  • Doors come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Features of Steel or Fiberglass Swinging Patio Doors from ProVia

  • The steel doors use a 22-gauge steel to reduce denting and waves in the skin of the door.
  • The fiberglass doors have reinforced skins to resist dents and dings and eliminate splintering.
  • The 2 1/2” polyurethane foam core provides maximum thermal protection (R-value of 13).
  • Energy Star insulated glass packages reduce energy costs.
  • A keyed Schlage flair handle set with a maximum security deadbolt is included.
  • Compression weatherstripping creates a weather-tight seal. Bottom sweep upgrades are available to further strengthen the weather barrier.

High-performance door frames have the following features:

  • Steel-reinforced jamb (side) for extra security,
  • Rot-resistant composite door bottom,
  • 4” x 10” composite lock block for increased strength, and
  • Steel-reinforced strike plate for additional security.
  • Continuous sill across base of entire door gives a better fit and prevents leaks.
  • Steel-edged door perimeter provides greater stability and strength vs. a wood door.
  • Ball-bearing hinges give smoother operation and increased durability.
  • Doors are available in two- and three-panel designs from 60” to a maximum of 108” wide.

Where to use sliding or swinging patio doors

These doors are often installed along the back or sides of the home, leading from a kitchen or dining room to a deck, balcony, patio, garden, courtyard, or swimming pool.


Polaris Window & Door, Alside, and ProVia Patio Entry Door Designs, Styles, and Hardware

Add style and reduce energy costs with these options (note: options will vary by product lines):

Decorative interior grids or cut glass. Match your glass sliding door to your other windows with decorative internal grids or cut glass in multiple colors and stains. Some of the patterns include Colonial, Diamond, Prairie, and Double Prairie.

Inspirations Art Glass (ProVia line). Choose from seven door styles and five designer color palettes to make your door a work of art.

Distinctive handle sets. Handle sets are available in bright brass and satin nickel.

Multiple paint and stain options (ProVia steel and fiberglass lines). Choose from either a painted or stained door (or order the door factory-primed to apply your own finishing touch). Choose from 14 stains (including Toffee, American Cherry, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Hazelnut, Coffee Bean, Honey Wheat, Caramel, Truffle, Ginger, Almond, Pecan, and Espresso) and 16 paint colors.

Decorative mini-blinds. Mini blinds that raise and tilt can be incorporated in the tempered safety glass doors and eliminate the need for dusting and the rattling of blinds against the door. Some of the available colors include white, alabaster, clay, and gold.

Upgraded glass packages. Increased energy efficiency lowers your heating and cooling costs.


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