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Patio Doors with Style. How to connect the Indoors to the Outdoors.

For several years now connecting the indoors to the outdoors has been a hot trend in building and remodeling. Accomplishing this task with style and verve is the “good old” sliding patio door, better known as ‘the slider’.  Yes, the sliding patio door has been reinvented to give you wide span openings and expansive views connecting the indoors to the outdoors. You can replace your clunky old sliding patio door with hinged or sliding doors with style!

Create gorgeous expansive openings and views with a wide selection of different styles and configurations.

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Lift and Slide and Folding Patio Doors

Patio door that are getting a lot of attention today are the lift and slide doors and the folding doors, which create expansive openings while remaining easy to open. Lift and slide doors work by turning the handle to allow the unit to move, lifting the door and removing the pressure on the track for easy operation. Unlike a traditional multi-track sliding door, once the panels are in their new location, you turn the handle again and the doors lock creating an incredibly tight seal. These doors come with a flush or recessed sill option, which makes a seamless transition from the indoors to the outdoors. Folding or bi-fold doors also use a unique track system that allows the doors to fold smoothly to one side when opened.

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Sliding Patio and Sliding French Doors

Modern sliding glass doors, often called a French slider, expand the traditional two-panel configuration to four panels. The two outer panels are fixed in place; the two inner panels operate. A traditional slider can be up to 10-foot-wide, while these doors can be up to 16 feet wide. The design significantly opens the view and allows for natural ventilation. Get the look you want and the functionality you need by adding fixed panels to operable panels.

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Hinged Patio Doors

Do you like the look of an elegant French doors, single or double? Now you can add panels to the classic traditional French door and create an expansive window wall without compromising on style. Or, take it further by adding sidelites and transoms to expand the views.

Although these hinged doors require less wall space than sliding doors, if they are in-swing doors you’ll need to plan your furniture arrangement accordingly. Also note that these doors are typically no wider than about six feet, although you can pair the doors with sidelights to increase the view. The out-swing French door is an option, but again, for our Illinois climate, Woodland recommends out-swing doors only if they open into an enclosed space like a porch or sunroom. Imagine trying to open your door with snow piled on the outside.

Woodland carries a broad selection of state of the art patio doors from the best manufacturers, so you’ll have the selection that meets your design goals and budget. A few choices include, Marvin Ultimate Lift & Slide. If you want expansive views, this door can open up to 48 feet wide and when opened it can stack or disappear completely into a wall.  Marvin also offers the Ultimate Sliding French Door or a traditional swinging French door. A popular feature is the new fully integrated shades. Marvin shades match current Marvin interior door finishes giving a seamless look. The Andersen 400 Series Frenchwood Gliding Patio Door or swinging French doors are also popular choices today. Pella too has a broad selection of all styles. There are far too many choices to cover everything here, so when you’re ready, come to our showroom and have a look.

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