Apr 2012 - Sliding glass doors offer natural light in new homes
It does not seem to matter where the property is located; there is a trend for offering patio doors, specifically sliding patio doors, in new homes. The main reason for this is natural light. With patio doors even a small apartment can have the appearance of being bigger because the light makes it feel that way. If you want your home to have this new home feel of more light and space, then consider replacing your current patio door with a sliding glass patio door.
Sliding patio doors are easy to open if you want to let in some air without cutting off the natural light. They also have screens so that you do not let bugs or small animals indoors. This can be a better option than double French doors where you do not want to detract from the elegance with screen doors. There are plenty of new homes with patio doors, not only because they are trending right now but also for the home value.
Sliding patio doors will increase the home value, especially if there is a porch or balcony that leads out of the door. Even an upper floor apartment can gain natural light with the right patio door and balcony to make it even better.
Sliding patio doors are perfect for contemporary homes, while the French style might fit your more historic town house. It is up to you to choose the style that suits you the most.