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Pocket /Folding Lanai Doors or Set of 4 Sliding Patio Doors

mydreamhome
11 years ago

Help! In uncharted water here. Originally planned on using 6' set of French doors to access the back porch from the family room flanked by casements to create a "wall of windows to the outside". The French doors were supposed to line up with the front door for a direct line of sight to our gorgeous view. Due to changes in the floor plan & trying to maximize space, it looks like we may need to go with something different like folding/sliding lanai doors (similar to a nana wall) or a set of 4 sliding patio doors with the 2 center doors opening in opposite directions. I've attached a photos of the patio doors below. So my questions are these--

-Any idea on cost? (Marvin sliding patio doors 4-3' panels as shown quoted ~$3000)

-Any information on quality/durability of different brands? (Nana for the folding system & Marvin, Jeld-Wen, Lift & Slide all offer both styles)

-Style Preference - Pros & Cons experienced with each

-Any other manufacturers I should look at?

-Reviews from anyone that has these types of doors-ease of use, appearance, worth the $$, etc

Thanks for your help!

Folding Door Style:

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac48/mydreamhome/FamilyRoomIdea3.jpg

Jeld-Wen/Marvin Center Opening Sliding Patio Door:

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac48/mydreamhome/FamilyRoomIdea2.jpg

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac48/mydreamhome/FamilyRoomIdea2b.jpg

Totally Different Option--We would not do the arches, just standard 14" transoms above the windows & doors as in the photos above (Don't know if this one will work yet as it's just a single door):

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac48/mydreamhome/FamilyRoomIdea1.jpg

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