Benefits of Andersen sliding patio doors include door design flexibility, choice of wood colors and finishes, energy efficiency and custom sizing, as of 2015. Some designs offer four door panels instead of the normal two panels. Andersen sliding patio doors operate on ball-bearing rollers, which glide inside a narrow rail.
Models of Andersen patio sliding doors include its basic 100 series two-panel door featuring tempered glass and durable Fibrex material. This model is resistant to fading and peeling from weather conditions and includes a multi-point security lock. The Andersen 200 series door model features contemporary styling and maximizes glass space for unobstructed viewing. This model has a reach-out locking system, and foot locks are an additional option.
The Andersen Frenchwood patio door features one large and two smaller glass sections within the same door panel. Wood used for this model is featured prominently, and sizing is very flexible.
Security is an important consideration when selecting sliding glass patio doors for the home. Some burglars smash patio door glass to gain entry into homes, and homeowners can add an extra layer of protection by fortifying these doors with window film, states the Orlando Sentential. This method doesn't protect the glass from damage, and it will need replacing. Jamming a wooden dowel into the door's gliding track makes patio doors harder to open from the outside. Another option is attaching a sliding bolt to the door frame, which prevents the door from moving.