Most people are familiar with the sliding glass patio doors. Usually, this is two doors with big, open space windows that allow a lot of light into the home. The doors use a sliding track system that has little round discs sitting inside a mechanism providing traction. Sliding glass doors made out of wood can be plain or very dramatic in design. It really depends on what you envision for your particular home decor.
As with any kind of door for the home, your door can also be made of different materials. A door on the patio can be made of wood which is the most popular one. Wooden doors are popular because wood can easily blend in with both the interior and exterior of a house. French patio doors, for instance, has always been made of wood. Nowadays, though, you can also consider other materials such as fiberglass or even PVC doors for your homes patio. When choosing the kind of material, of course, you should consider the kind of protection that you will need. Be sure that your patio doors are protected from harsh sunlight, strong winds and rain. Also, you can consider having your patio screened so that the insides of your home can also be protected from insects and bugs.
Arguably, French doors could be considered as retractable as each door can be pulled back. The advantage of retractable doors is that maximum access is possible between the two sides of the aperture whereas sliding panel doors generally overlap unless built to retract into a recess.
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