When it comes to your patio, a grand entrance can create a stunning focal point for both the inside of your home and the outdoor entertainment area. If you are stuck with a boring sliding glass door and you want something a little more chic, here are a few options to consider.

Folding Doors

Folding doors feature an accordion-style design that lets you fold each door open as much or as little as you need it. When closed, these doors look like oversized window panes. This creates a beautiful look while also making things a bit more confusing for potential thieves looking for a weak patio door to use as an entry point. An added benefit is the large opening it creates to your home, which provides ample room for moving in new funirture or letting guests mingle at backyard barbecues or summer parties.

Dual Sliding Doors

Dual sliding doors offer a more traditional, yet regal look. For this setup, you'll actually need two sliding patio doors installed next to each other. Your contractor can set up the door openings so the doors work together. When it's time to welcome guests into your home for a party, slide each door open at the same time, and give everyone a dramatic greeting. The dual door idea can be adapted with many different door types and styles.

Pedestrian Door With Sidelights

Not every home has enough room to support a grand patio entrance. If you want to reclaim some of your wall space, talk to your contractor about installing a pedestrian door with sidelights. This option still adds a beautiful entrance to your home, and it doesn't take up as much space as traditional sliding glass doors do. Your contractor can use drywall to fill in the extra space left behind by your old sliding door. Look for a design that features sidelights that can open, as this creates more of an opportunity to let fresh air into your home. Choose from French-style, vintage-inspired detailed mahogany, or just simple, clean lines to match your decor. If you prefer, you can opt for a door set in a natural wood finish. This gives you a chance to add your own layer of paint or varnish to create a custom look for your patio.

Talk to your contractor to see which sizes and styles work best with your home's current setup, and prepare to give your patio a striking new entrance. Contact a company like Clear Choice Exteriors, Your Local Window Depot to learn more about options for patio doors.