Long Island homes from historic to modern often share a common feature: narrow spaces and limited floor plans. If your home is feeling a bit cramped and you’re looking for space-saving alternatives, replacing your swing patio doors with sliding patio doors might be the perfect solution.
Traditional swing-open doors generally take up around three feet of space inside a room. That doesn’t necessarily seem significant, but it can severely limit traffic patterns and furniture arrangement possibilities. By replacing doors with a sliding option, you’ll let light and air into your space—and free up your floor plan a bit to allow for more design (and traffic flow) opportunities.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers two categories of sliding doors: French patio doors and contemporary sliding glass doors. We’ll take a closer look at both styles to help you get a feel for the type that might work best in your home.
Sliding French Patio Doors
You don’t necessarily have to choose between the classic styling of French doors and the more contemporary and space-saving sliding option. Renewal by Andersen has brought together the elegance of French door style and the function of contemporary sliding glass doors so you can enjoy the classic Old-World feel of French doors without taking up all that “swing” space.
Sliding French doors feature moldings and/or grilles that beautifully frame your view and maintain a more traditional style. You’ll have the option to choose from four different interior colors, several different grille arrangements, and a wide variety of hardware finishes so you can tailor your new doors to match or complement your home’s current style.
Want a truly grand entrance? Try sliding French doors that open from the middle, sliding over fixed window panels on either side—or just frame your French doors with double-hung or picture windows on the same exterior wall to let in abundant light and give a room a more spacious, airy feel.
Contemporary Sliding Doors
For a more modern approach, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers contemporary sliding doors, which feature maximum glass space to open up your view. You can choose between Andersen Narroline sliding patio doors, which boast a natural pine interior that can be stained to suit your room’s design, or Andersen Perma-Shield doors, which feature a more rigid vinyl surface surrounding the frame’s wooden core. Either option provides an energy-efficient seal and long-lasting durability.
If you’re willing to think a bit outside the box, you might find the perfect interior space for sliding doors to cut down on traffic jams. More and more modern designers are suggesting stylized sliding doors for a home’s interior, allowing you to open a space to allow rooms to connect quickly and easily or to efficiently segment a space for those times when you want to contain noise or establish privacy in a room or section of the house.
Space-saving Features and More
Although one of the most appealing aspects of sliding doors is space-efficiency, homeowners also enjoy numerous easy-care and low-maintenance features. Cleaning is simple and quick with lift out glass panels that allow you access to both surfaces from inside your home. And, our factory-finished frames never rot, mildew, rust, flake or peel. The superior construction materials and expert craftsmanship used to build each window and patio door are the main reasons we offer one of the best warranties in the replacement window industry.
Your replacement patio doors aren’t just a high-efficiency opening in the wall that lets you pass in and out. Our superior performing sliding doors help you create home aesthetics that authentically reflect your lifestyle and your decorating preferences.
Working Side-by-side with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Specialists
Take the time to browse our inspiration gallery if you’re not sure what type of solution would work best for your space—or call a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island professional replacement window consultant for an in-home consultation. Our experts gladly offer suggestions and guidance to help you consider options that will work best with your floor plan and architectural elements.
Even if you’ve talked to us before about replacement windows, we invite you to call us back at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page. We are continually looking for better ways to build our home improvement products and always on the lookout for innovative designs and construction materials to add more value for our customers.
Long Island summers are hot and humid, but they also provide the perfect opportunity for outdoor patio parties and family gatherings. Of course, if your patio doors stick or are hard to open and close, this can put a big damper on your outdoor activities. After all, if you can’t get outside, it’s tough to enjoy your patio or yard. If this is the summer you’ve designated as the best time to replace aging patio doors and windows in your home, we’ve got some great ideas to help you choose the products that will fit your budget and your lifestyle.
Why Choose One When Three or Four is More Dramatic?
Hinged French patio doors have always been popular with Long Island homeowners. Why? Classic style. New technology and designs have improved the energy efficiency of this versatile patio door style. They fit well in almost any decorating scheme from 1950s Art Deco to elegant French Provencal décor. Trendy home designs use strategically placed interior French doors to cordon off interior spaces to control heating and air conditioning costs better, too.
With carefully selected frame widths and color choices, replacing a sagging, sliding patio door with a Hinged French patio door can instantly transform your living spaces from drab to debonair and sophisticated while playful. Plus, connecting your indoor spaces with outdoor living areas is easier since you can essentially treat your patio as another room by incorporating contrasting or coordinating prints, textures and fabrics.
Another benefit of adding wide profile French-style patio doors is that the large glass surface allows more natural sunlight to flood your home when closed and encourages better air circulation and ventilation when open.
For a dramatic new look that you won’t see very often, consider replacing a row of floor to ceiling windows (or a massive single fixed window) with a series of narrow, hinged French doors. Keep in mind that replacement windows are carefully manufactured to fit into your existing window opening. Replacing windows several inches above floor level will require additional construction not normally required for replacement door installation.
Want French Style, But Don’t Have Enough Space?
If you want the benefits of streaming sunshine and decorating choices, but don’t want to give up patio or interior space to swinging doors, choose a space-saving slider with French design features. You’ll get the feel of traditional French doors, including options to add removable grilles to create the atmosphere you want, with fewer restrictions on furniture placement or traffic patterns.
You don’t have to give up the wow-factor with Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood gliding patio doors that open from the middle on easy-glide tracks. And, with four panels of natural light, your interior spaces will be brighter than traditional sliding doors.
Multiple locks add another layer of security for your family. Low maintenance exteriors and stainable interior surfaces give you even more options to create a truly stunning entrance to your home.
Contemporary Styling With Traditional Sliding Doors
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers two distinct sliding patio door styles for homeowners looking for a contemporary look and feel. Both maximize your views with narrow-profile styling. And both deliver added security features and an easy-glide design that makes opening and closing your patio doors almost effortless.
The main differences are the manufacturing materials and decorating options. Narroline® doors feature stainable natural pine interiors, where Perma-Shield® doors are manufactured with a sturdy maintenance free exterior wrapped around an engineered wood core. Whichever style you choose, you’re guaranteed a low-maintenance door, backed up with the Renewal by Andersen 20/2/10 warranty that covers parts, performance and installation.
Shared Features and Benefits
Whether you choose a French style patio door or a traditional sliding door for your Long Island home, you’ll have three High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options to choose from that allow you to control the amount of light that enters your home and control energy consumption more effectively. Plus, if you want added security, Low-E4® glass comes in four beautiful patterns that allow you to control what people outside can see looking through your windows.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Would Like to Hear From You
What do you think? Ready to transform your living spaces with dramatic French styling or are you more comfortable with a more traditional decorating approach? We would welcome the chance to meet you and talk about our replacement patio door and window products designed to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Fill in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 for more information about replacement patio doors for your home.