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Patio Door Ideas: Ways to Enjoy Indoor-Outdoor Living


If you want to revamp your patio doors, there are no shortage of ideas for patio doors. You can get creative with patio door options for a unique look. You can also create panoramic views with patio doors that have multiple panels. With Marvin Replacement you can choose between sliding glass doors, French doors, and bi-fold doors. Check out these patio door replacement ideas for your home.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass patio doors are some of the most popular types of patio doors. They often lead out to decks, patios, and basement walkouts. Sliding patio doors work well in areas where there isn’t enough space for a swinging door to open and close.

Sliding patio doors typically have two panels. Marvin Replacement Sliding Patio Doors can have three or four panels to give you wide expanses for indoor-outdoor living.

We offer a different style of sliding patio doors. Marvin Replacement Sliding French Doors look like traditional French doors with a wider profile but with the functionality of a sliding door.

French Doors

French doors have a classic appeal and a wider profile than sliding glass doors. Marvin Replacement Inswing French Doors swing into your home to maximize your outdoor space. Our exterior French doors can come as one, two, or three panels.  Adding windows to each side of a French door is one way to increase your natural light.

Bi-Fold/Accordion Doors

Bi-fold patio doors bring an innovative design to your home. The doors stack and sometimes are called accordion doors because of how they fold. Our bi-fold doors can span as wide as 22 feet. We also have 29 different configurations available. Bi-fold doors can come as units that open in one direction or open in the center.

Our bi-fold patio doors feature a multi-point locking system. You can also add a pleated fabric screen is available to keep bugs out of your home. With a screen you can open the bi-fold door to enjoy fresh breezes on beautiful days without worrying about bugs flying around your house.

Patio Door Materials

Common patio door materials include: vinyl, wood, aluminum or fiberglass. The material’s strength is critical when deciding which material to pick. Patio doors are heavy and a material has to support the weight. We use Ultrex® fiberglass for our patio doors. It has 8x the strength of vinyl. Ultrex also expands 87% less than vinyl, meaning greater stability. Ultrex also resists leaks, seal failures, and stress cracks to provide lasting durability.

Black Patio Doors

Black patio doors are a popular color choice. Black patio doors create bold looks in contemporary homes. Black sliding patio doors bring contrast to light-colored home. With Marvin Replacement patio doors you can choose one exterior color and a different interior color. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dark colors fading. Our finishes stand up to 48,000 hours of sunlight without fading.*

*Average sunlight exposure per 10 years

Indoor-Outdoor Living

A patio door can enhance your indoor-outdoor living so you can enjoy your patio better. A patio door can make moving between the indoors and outdoors easier so you can entertain better. With sliding doors you can carry items easily between the outdoor grill and a kitchen island. Serving people outside also becomes easier with a sliding patio door.

Indoor-Outdoor Living Ideas

There are many ways you can create indoor-outdoor living areas. Several of them include a patio door or adding a window to provide easy access between spaces.

Outdoor Kitchen

When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than starting up a grill for some outdoor cooking. An outdoor kitchen to reduce those trips back into the house. An outdoor kitchen can include a sink, stovetop, refrigerator, cabinets, and a dishwasher. All which keep everything within reach.

Outdoor Dining Room

If adding appliances outside doesn’t fit within your budget, an outdoor dining room is a terrific idea. An outdoor dining room gets the family together to enjoy a meal and fresh air. A nice picnic table and a Bluetooth speaker can be all you need to create a refreshing dining experience.

Outdoor Furniture

Bring a piece of outdoor furniture you can lounge on to your indoor/outdoor living space. Add chairs with big, comfy cushions, tables, or even some decorative string lighting. 

Outdoor Entertainment Area

It used to be people put a TV in a garage for entertainment, but it turns out a garage is a limiting place. A TV fits better in an indoor/outdoor living space where your family and guests can spread out. It can create a space to lounge while watching a game or movie.

Indoor/Outdoor Bar Window

A horizontal slider window can transform your kitchen into an indoor-outdoor living space.  A single hung or double hung window can fit in tight spaces. Then you have access to a sink and a place to pass a dish of food through.


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