The multi panel slide door is one of those items that is starting to the top of so many homeowner wishlists! Companies like Jeld-Wen are rising to the occasion by producing beautiful sliding patio doors that fit a variety of needs and home styles. There is a lot to love about these doors, so if you’re thinking about getting in on this trend, here are a few reasons why Boston homeowners adore these doors!

1. The Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Whether you have a big patio, a beautiful backyard or a seaside view, the connection between the indoors and the outdoors that you can make with a large patio door is a benefit that cannot be overlooked. Not only does a large sliding door make interior spaces more welcoming by providing a beautiful view, but it also makes your living space feel more expansive, too. That’s not to mention all the extra sunlight you’ll be letting into the room, along with the ease of access to your outdoor spaces.

2. Multi-Slide Doors are Versatile

Many think of these doors as best suited to modern homes, which would mean that perhaps they aren’t best suited to historical buildings like Boston’s triple deckers. However, if you look through offerings from Jeld-Wen, Marvin and LaCantina, you’ll find these doors in a variety of styles and finishes. What’s more, most have a clean, simple look, which means that they blend easily with a variety of home styles—but you’ll also find multi-slide doors in French and other traditional styles. Just check out the casing options on these Marvin multi-slide doors to see what we mean! Typically, these doors come in a variety of sizes and configurations, too, which means that no matter what size the opening available for a new door, you’ll be able to find something that fits.

3. The Modern Multi Slide Panel Door is Energy Efficient

In the past, large patio doors meant sacrificing energy efficiency, especially in climates like Boston’s, where the winters are cold and the summers are hot. But these days, a good multi slide door comes with several features to make sure that your energy bills stay low. Vinyl, aluminum or wood-clad aluminum frames offer plenty of insulation, and weather stripping seals away drafts. Doors like those offered by LaCantina also come with low U-factors and low solar heat gain coefficients. This is in large part due to multiple panes of glass and argon gas in between the pains to help reduce thermal transfer—although with some doors, thermal coatings are also available to reduce heat gain on sunny days, too.

4. These Doors are Durable Against the Elements

Homeowners nowadays are looking for maintenance-free options to make keeping up with home repairs easier. Most of today’s multi-panel doors have very low maintenance requirements. This is because modern materials—especially vinyl and aluminum, which are two of the most popular frame choices—don’t require any upkeep. No sanding, refinishing or repainting for the life of the door!

5. Sliding Doors Make the Most of Limited Space

Traditional patio doors fold open, which means that no matter how many doors you install, the largest opening will only be as large as two paired doors—and when open, those doors intrude on the living space. Sliding doors allow for a much larger opening, particularly if you have a three or four-track system that allows you to stack doors while open. Moreover, these doors can be installed so that they’re pocketed, which means that you can slide them into the walls to either side of the opening for an even larger entry.

As you can see, there are lots of great reasons to consider a multi panel slide door. Even in Boston’s harsh weather, these doors will let you enjoy a beautiful view without sacrificing heat in the winter or the A/C in the summer. If you’d like to learn more, check out some of the offerings from our suppliers!