Homeowners in Southern California are pioneers in the use of sliding screen doors to enjoy a casual living style that blurs the line between indoors and outdoors. California has a benign climate that makes indoor-outdoor living possible during most of the year.
While much of the rest of the country can’t take advantage of the outdoors all year round, they can still use patio screen doors and cozy outdoor spaces to spend as much time as possible outside when the weather is pleasant.
When you’re trying to make the most of your outdoor space, it can be handy to have part of it under a roof, and another part one step outside. A screened-in porch is a great way to be outside without being bothered by insects. However, there are many times during the year when you’ll wish that you could remove the screens between the inside and the outside. That’s where sliding screen doors can make all the difference. Unlike regular patio screen doors on hinges, opening a sliding screen door is like opening up an entire wall.
When you’re able to connect the indoor screened spaces in your home with the outdoors, you make it easier for guests to enjoy your outdoor parties and get-togethers. Small doorways that rely on a hinged screen door make it more difficult than necessary to move around freely. Pulling back sliding screen doors ends the bottlenecks that naturally occur at doorways, and lets the party move seamlessly from indoor areas to outdoor areas.
There are many reasons to have large screened areas as part of your home. People enjoy eating outdoors, and a screened-in area just outside the kitchen can make it easy. If the house also has an outdoor kitchen, a designer will often specify sliding screen doors between the eating area and the outdoor food preparation area. If you’re hosting a big get-together, you can open up the whole area to make it easy to supply your guests with food and drink wherever they go.
One of the great things about screened-in spaces is the modular components they are made from. Screen panels can be manufactured beforehand and sold as a kit, or screens can be site-made to accommodate almost any design. Homeowners should embrace this versatility and add sliding screen doors on multiple walls in their outdoor rooms.
Many screened-in patios share only one wall with the main house. That makes it possible to insert two, or even three sliding screen doors in the plan. Screens don’t give a claustrophobic feeling like solidly built walls do. It can be exhilarating to slide open multiple walls to bring the outdoors right inside.
If you have small children or pets, you know how tough they can be on hinged screen doors. You can avoid constant repairs on screen doors by installing sliding screen doors. When the weather is pleasant, you can open them up wide, and Fido and the kids can frolic inside and out without having to bang through a hinged door constantly.
If you’re an experienced outdoor party host, you know how often you rely on trays of food, drink, and other supplies to serve your guests. When you’re laden down with a tray of hors d’oeuvres, the last thing you want to encounter is a door with a knob. Sliding your screen doors out of the way when you’re entertaining makes it easy to bring the food and fun to your guests.
In order to get maximum enjoyment from your outdoor leisure areas, you need to make the screened-in portion as versatile as possible. With today’s finger-touch sliding screen doors, there’s no reason to limit your patio designs to a single screen door on hinges.