Sliding Windows: The Perfect Choice For Along Your Patio

Posted on: 7 June 2017


Do you have a window that opens up onto a patio or porch? If the time has come to replace this window, you'll want to put careful thought into the type of window you choose for this opening. One of the best options is a sliding window, which slides open to one side. Here's a closer look at the pros and cons of this window choice.

Pro: Sliding windows don't create an obstruction.

There are a couple of types of windows that create an obstruction when they open. Casement windows, for instance, swing outward when you open them. This is not safe on a patio; anyone on the patio could walk into the opened window, and its presence could also affect your furniture placement. Awning windows cause a similar problem; they open by swinging upwards. With sliding windows, the window stays flush against the side of the building when you open it. Nobody will walk into it, and you can put furniture right up against the outside of your home if you please.

Pro: Sliding windows are easy to operate.

To open or close a sliding window, you just have to use your hand to push it to the left or right. This makes sliding windows a good choice for anyone with arthritis in their hands or other struggles with movement. There are also models that you can close--at least partially--from the outside. This makes it possible to close the window while you're sitting on the patio. 

Con: Sliding windows are not the most energy-efficient option.

Modern advancements like double-pane glass and composite frames make almost all modern windows more energy-efficient than older windows. So, new sliding windows are definitely not an inefficient choice. However, they are not as energy-efficient as casement windows or even double-hung windows since they don't lock so tightly into the frame. For this reason, you may want to put a sliding window only against your patio while using a different style of window throughout the rest of your home.

Con: Sliding windows only work well in horizontal window openings.

Since the windows consist of two side-by-side panels, this style really only works if your window opening is a horizontal rectangle. If your window opening is taller than it is wide, you may need to go with another style, like a double-hung window. Another option is to have your window opening re-shaped, but this can get costly.

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