Also known as bifold or concertina doors, accordion doors contain glass panels that are connected with hinges. As with an accordion, each panel folds over the other when the doors are opened. Although accordion doors are commonly used for closets, they can provide the same ease of access when installed between the patio and house. Made from glass, accordion doors possess a flexible, vinyl seal that allows each panel to move smoothly. Because each panel folds over the other, accordion doors do not obstruct the adjacent areas. Furthermore, accordion doors stay in place once folded, decreasing the chance that someone might injure their fingers by a slamming door. An effective replacement for sliding glass patio doors, accordion doors provide easy, unobstructed access between your home's interior and patio.
These doors closely resemble French doors, but one door remains closed while the other swings open. Center swing patio doors are a good option for those who enjoy the aesthetics of French doors but cannot afford them. These doors also save wall space near the stationary door, allowing homeowners to treat it like a large window. Place a table, plant or seating arrangement by the fixed door to take advantage of the light. In addition, center swing patio doors can benefit homeowners who desire greater control over how much traffic moves between the house and patio. Many center swing patio door sets also come with a sliding screen that encourages air flow while keeping pests out, making these doors a suitable alternative to traditional sliding glass patio doors.
You can also dress these sliding glass patio doors up with some complimentary hardware finishes such as satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, or bright chrome.